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Document number: 7271
Date: 09 Jun 1856
Postmark: Holloway 9 Jun 1856
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: PRETSCH Paul
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA56-32
Last updated: 24th June 2015

The Patent Photo-galvano-graphic Company, <1>
Holloway Place, Holloway Road,

9th June 1856

H. F. Talbot Esq.

Dear Sir,

Referring you to my former letters of 22d May and 2d June,<2> I think it is only due to the Company I represent that I should decline the interview proposed by your letter of the 3d instant.<3>

I remain with every sentiment of respect Dear Sir yours faithfully
Paul Pretsch

H. Fox Talbot Esq.
Lacock Abbey


1. A company formed by Pretch, Roger Fenton (1819–1869), photographer & lawyer and others, that took over Pretch’s patent for a photographic engraving process. It produced heavily retouched reproductions of photographs. WHFT considered that the patent infringed Part 1 of his own [see Doc. No: 07253] insofar as the first part of Pretsch’s process too used the combination of gelatine and potassium bichromate. Pretsch’s second part involved electrotyping – i.e. ‘galvanography’ – whereas WHFT’s used etching. WHFT began legal action [see Doc. No: 07660] but dropped it when the company failed and fell apart [see Doc. No: 07465].

2. The letter of 2 June has not yet been located, but the one of 22 May is Doc. No: 07268.

3. Not traced.

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