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Document number: 6581
Date: 19 Mar 1852
Recipient: WALKER William
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Qatar Museums Media Collection
Collection number: Spira Collection
Last updated: 14th December 2015

Lacock Abbey
March 19/52

Dr Sir

I am favoured with your letter of the 15th, but as I do not exactly understand what use you wish to make of my invention in your profession of Engraver, I will be obliged to you to mention it, and also to make your own proposition for the terms of a License which I will accede to, if I am able to do so.

You speak of your intention of trying to improve the collodion <1> & other photographic processes, I am of opinion that you will find them in their present state sufficiently perfect for your purpose.

I remain Yours very truly
H.F. Talbot

W. Walker Esq.


1. The wet collodion on glass negative process was given freely to the public in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer (1813-1857), a sculptor and photographer. He disclosed the operational details in an 18 February 1851 letter published in The Chemist, n.s. v. 2 no. 19, March 1851, pp. 257-258.

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