Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot and the Talbot family

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Matthew Neely and Charlotte McKillop-Mash
2016



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Papers of William Henry Fox Talbot 1806-1876, n.d.
    A.1   Diaries 1826-1829
    A.2   Correspondence 1812-1876, n.d.
    A.3   Photographs 1832-1975, n.d.
    A.4   Notebooks 1806-1845, n.d.
    A.5   Research drafts, notes and literary papers 1832-1866, n.d.
    A.6   Botanical specimens [c.1809]-1836, n.d.
    A.7   Political papers 1832-1833, n.d.
    A.8   Drawings [1820s-1830s], n.d.
    A.9   Financial and legal papers [1824]-1876, n.d.
    A.10   Miscellaneous
    A.11   Objects [16th cent.]-[1860s], n.d.
B   Papers of William Davenport Talbot 1799-1800, n.d.
C   Papers of Lady Elisabeth Feilding 1798-1846, n.d.
    C.1   Diaries 1811-1830
    C.2   Correspondence 1798-1846, n.d.
    C.3   Drawings and artwork
    C.4   Albums of botanical specimens 1822-1830
    C.5   Scrapbooks and commonplace books 1830-1841, n.d.
    C.6   Financial and personal papers 1796-1839, n.d.
    C.7   Objects 1845, mainly n.d.
D   Papers of Charles Feilding 1806-1831, n.d.
E   Papers of Caroline Augusta Feilding (later Countess Mount Edgcumbe) 1819-1840, n.d.
F   Papers of Horatia Feilding 1842, n.d.
G   Papers of Constance Talbot 1825-1876, n.d.
    G.1   Correspondence 1868-1876, n.d.
    G.2   Albums 1825-1857, n.d.
    G.3   Philological notebooks 1832-1840
    G.4   Bills and receipts for travel in Italy 1867-1868, n.d.
    G.5   Commercial photograph collection n.d.
    G.6   Objects n.d.
H   Papers of Charles Henry Talbot 1859-1915, n.d.
    H.1   Correspondence 1860-1915, n.d.
    H.2   Notes ?1859-1886, n.d.
    H.3   Sketchbooks, photographs and art 1860-1882, n.d.
    H.4   Printed ephemera 1877-1911
I   Papers of Ela Talbot 1862-1872, n.d.
    I.1   Commercial photograph collection
    I.2   Botanical specimens
J   Papers of Rosamond Constance Talbot c. 1854-1897, n.d.
    J.1   Correspondence 1876
    J.2   Albums and commonplace books c. 1854-1897
    J.3   Commercial photograph collection [1860s] n.d.
    J.4   Printed ephemera 1862, n.d.
K   Papers of Amélina Petit 1821-1873, n.d.
    K.1   Correspondence 1848-1873, n.d.
    K.2   Albums and commonplace books 1821-1870, n.d.
    K.3   Music 1824-1831, n.d.
    K.4   Commercial photograph collection 1870, n.d.
    K.5   Objects n.d.
L   Talbot family collection of lithograph drawings 1822-1826, n.d.
M   Papers of Matilda Talbot 1889-1975, n.d.
    M.1   Correspondence and papers 1889-1975, n.d.
    M.2   Photographs 1922, 1934, n.d.
N   Burnett-Brown papers 1964-2000, n.d.
    N.1   Correspondence and papers 1964-2000, n.d.
    N.2   Photographs n.d.
O   Unattributed correspondence and papers 1786-1913, n.d.
    O.1   Correspondence 1786-1913, n.d.
    O.2   Family papers 1738-1976, n.d.
    O.3   Photographs 1872, 1888, n.d.
    O.4   Artworks 1827-1909, n.d.
    O.5   Albums of botanical specimens 1796-1850s, n.d.
    O.6   Music n.d.
    O.7   Objects c. 1785-1908, n.d.
    O.8   Printed matter and wrappers 1809-1999, n.d.


Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot and the Talbot family

1799-2000, n.d.

Abstract:
The archive of six generations of the Talbot, Feilding and Burnett-Brown family, including photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot and original artifacts photographed by Talbot, as well as correspondence, research notes, drawing and botanical albums, and estate records.

Extent: 40 Linear metres, 337 shelfmarks [including MSS. WHF Talbot 28 (1) and (2)]
Language(s) of Material: English, French, Italian, Assyrian, Greek

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 1-171, MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 1-52, MSS. WHF Talbot objects 1-113.

Biographical/Historical

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), pioneer of photography, was the only child of William Davenport Talbot (1764–1800) of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, and Lady Elisabeth Theresa Fox-Strangeways (1773–1846), the eldest child of the second earl of Ilchester. William Davenport died when his son was five months old and in 1804, Lady Elisabeth married Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Charles Feilding (1780–1837) and had two further daughters, Caroline Augusta Feilding, later Lady Mount Edgcumbe (1808–1881) and Henrietta Horatia Maria Feilding, later Gaisford (1810–1851).

The Lacock estate had been left impoverished by William Davenport but Lady Elisabeth's management restored it. She also passed her interest in languages, travel and botany on to her son. A gifted scholar, Talbot attended Harrow School and then Trinity College, Cambridge, and published six mathematical papers by 1824. In 1831, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

On 20 December 1832 Talbot married Constance Mundy (1811–1880) of Markeaton in Derbyshire, ten days after his election as a Liberal MP for Chippenham. Although he did not seek re-election at the general election of December 1834, he did not retire from public life entirely, serving as High Sherriff of Wiltshire in 1840 and campaigning to protect Kew Gardens from closure in the late 1830s.

An 1833 drawing excursion to Lake Como with Constance and his half-sister Caroline was the impetus for his first experiments in photography, when Talbot found himself frustrated by his lack of skill in sketching the view. He had already tried using a camera obscura and a camera lucida, which reflected a view without fixing it, and he wondered for the first time whether it would be possible to fix a reflection on paper and create a permanent image. He started experimenting in spring 1834, embedding light-sensitive silver chloride in paper and, in the most basic method, covering a portion of the paper with an oqaque object like a flower, and exposing it all to the sun. This darkened the uncovered silver chloride and left a paler, negative image of the flower on the paper. Of course, once the flower was removed, light continued to react with the silver chloride, which would destroy the negative, so he further experimented in how to wash away the silver and fix the image with salt, and also in how to create positive prints from negatives.

Setting photography aside to concentrate on, among other things, scientific work with crystals, Talbot did not return to his photographic experiments until November 1838, and almost immediately the Frenchman Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre revealed that he had found a means of capturing images. It turned out that Daguerre used a different method to Talbot - exposing silver-plated copper rather than paper which, unlike Talbot's method, did not allow him to create multiple positive prints from a negative - but the competition led to Talbot finally submitting a paper to the Royal Society, in which he named his own technique 'photogenic drawing'. In short order, Talbot also discovered and patented a method for developing a negative chemically after only seconds or minutes exposure to light, which meant that the camera did not have to be left in the sun for up to an hour (or more) as previously. He called the resulting process 'calotype photogenic drawing', also known just as the 'calotype', or as the 'Talbotype'. Thus Talbot invented the three primary processes in photography: fixing, developing, and printing.

In 1844 he began selling a serial, The Pencil of Nature which was illustrated with original photographic prints, and in 1845 Sun Pictures in Scotland, although this was marred by production problems resulting in rapidly fading images. His photographic patents also proved unpopular and were highly contested. In 1854 a court acknowledged Talbot as the inventor of photography, but ruled that his patent did not cover newer techniques like the wet collodion process, despite their evolution from the calotype. The wet collodion process, which printed on glass, produced crisper images than the calotype but like the calotype it allowed for multiple prints from a negative. As a result, it quickly overtook both calotypes and dageurreotypes in commercial use.

Partly as a result of ill health, and partly as a result of the patent strife, Talbot stopped making original photographs, but as his health improved he began to experiment again. Despite the fixing process, his silver-based images would always be subject to fading, and as his own experience with publishing photographs had shown, were extremely difficult to mass produce. In 1852 Talbot patented a ‘photographic engraving’ process. This created an intaglio plate that could be inked up like any other printing plate, and it allowed photographs to be printed and published using long-lasting and stable printer's ink. By 1858 Talbot patented an improved process which he called ‘photoglyphic engraving’. These techniques were never commercially successful in his own lifetime, but they were the origin of the modern photogravure process. Talbot kept working on photomechanical printing until he died.

Aside from photography, Talbot also did important work in translating Assyrian cuneiform and published seven books and nearly sixty scientific and mathematical articles.

He and Constance had four children, Ela Theresa (1835-1893), Rosamond Constance (1837-1906), Matilda Caroline (1839-1927) and Charles Henry (1842-1916). Only one, Matilda, ever married (to John Gilchrist-Clark, 1836-1881). The children were taught by Amélina Petit de Billier (1798-1876), a Parisian who came to Lacock originally to teach the Feildings (WHF Talbot's half sisters). Apart from a brief stint with the Hopwoods of Hopwood Hall near Manchester and a return to Paris, Petit was closely associated with the Talbot family until her death, latterly as governess and companion to Talbot's daughters, companion to Constance Talbot, and as a business agent for WHF Talbot in France. She is buried in the Lacock churchyard with the rest of the family.

Charles Henry Talbot, a historian, antiquarian and archaeologist, inherited the estate, and on his death, gave the abbey and its contents to his unmarried niece, Matilda Gilchrist-Clark (1871–1958), who changed her surname to Talbot in response. In addition to managing the estate, Matilda was, among other things, an accomplished cookery instructor who published an autobiography, My Life and Lacock Abbey, in 1956. She ensured that William Henry Fox Talbot's photographic legacy would be preserved, including distributing his photographs internationally. In 1944 she signed Lacock Abbey over to the National Trust. The archive survived in the hands of Katharine Burnett-Brown (d. 1971), the daughter of Matilda's brother, William Gilchrist-Clark, and Katharine's children Anthony and Janet Burnett-Brown, who took over as National Trust tenants of Lacock Abbey and founded the Fox Talbot Museum in 1975.

Talbot's papers and photographs have been widely distributed over the years, mainly to public institutions, including the collection formerly on deposit at the Fox Talbot Museum, which was donated to the British Museum in 2005. This collection comprises a reserved, core archive which was retained at Lacock Abbey, with attendant artworks and artifacts.

Adapted mainly from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry on William Henry Fox Talbot.

Scope and Content

Comprises important photographs by Talbot and photographs received by Talbot, together with family artifacts and personal effects (including objects photographed by Talbot) and family correspondence and papers.

Restrictions on Access

Readers are advised to contact the Library two working days in advance when ordering material from the archive.

Many of the photographs, including all of William Henry Fox Talbot's own photographs, have been labelled category 1-3, which relates to their degree of light sensitivity and can only be consulted in a controlled enviornment. Category 1 photographs are the most sensitive to light.

Acquisition

Purchased October 2014 from Petronella Burnett-Brown.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, and page reference if available, e.g. MS. WHF Talbot 5].

Other Finding Aids

See also the Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project and the Talbot photograph Catalogue Raisonné.

Separated Material

Talbot's books have been separated from the archive and can be found in the Library's printed collection.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Burnett-Brown | Alexander Denis | d. 1966 | Colonel
Burnett-Brown | Anthony Maxwell | fl. 1940-2000
Burnett-Brown | Katharine Mary | d. 1971
Edgcumbe | Lady | Caroline Augusta | Mount | 1808–1881 | née Feilding
Feilding | Charles | 1780–1837 | Rear-Admiral
Feilding | Lady | Elisabeth Theresa | née Fox-Strangways | 1773–1846 | formerly Talbot
Gaisford | Henrietta Horatia Maria | 1810–1851 | née Feilding
Petit de Billier | Amélina | d. 1876 | governess
Talbot | Charles Henry | 1842-1916
Talbot | Constance | 1811–1880 | née Mundy
Talbot | Ela Theresa | 1835-1893
Talbot | Matilda Theresa | 1871-1958 | formerly Gilchrist-Clark
Talbot | Rosamond Constance | 1837-1906
Talbot | William Davenport | 1764–1800 | army officer
Talbot | William Henry Fox | 1800-1877 | MP, pioneer of photography

Subject(s)

18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
Photography -- History -- 19th century

A   Papers of William Henry Fox Talbot 1806-1876, n.d.

A.1   Diaries 1826-1829

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 1-3

Diary labelled 'Miscellanea 1826 Paris'
Date: Mar 1826-Feb 1827
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes notes on definitions of words and miscellaneous travel notes on Paris and Florence.

Diary
Date: Jul-Aug 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

The volume is mostly blank.

Diary
Date: Jan-Mar 1829
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

A.2   Correspondence 1812-1876, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 4-5

Other Finding Aids:

The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project is an online edition of all of Talbot's correspondence, including all of the Talbot letters contained in this archive. The doc numbers (e.g. Doc no 10047) are provided in this catalogue as a cross reference to the online edition.


Correspondence
Date: 1812-1876, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 4
Language(s) of Material: English, English, French
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Miscellaneous collection of envelopes addressed to Talbot
Date: 1814-1874, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Fragments of letters, apparently intentionally torn up
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

It is not clear who the intended recipients are but they were probably Talbot and his immediate family.

A.3   Photographs 1832-1975, n.d.

Other Finding Aids:

William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné is a detailed inventory of Talbot photographs located around the world. Many of the Talbot photographs contained in this archive are also described in the Catalogue Raisonné. These photographs are identified in this catalogue by Schaaf numbers (e.g. Schaaf 1234). Some photographs also have LA numbers, which was a reference system created by Eugene Ostroff in the mid twentieth century.


A.3.1   Photographs by Talbot 1832-1843, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 1-5

Early WHF Talbot photographs
Date: 1839-1843, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises early photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 1]


Early WHF Talbot photographs
Date: 1840-1844, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises early photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


Early photograph mounts
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Two unused mounts on vintage card (no image) with blue round "Patent Talbotype or Sun Pictures" stamp on verso.

Framed photographs
Date: c. 1843-1846
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises early photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 3 except where otherwise noted]


Album
Date: 1832, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Mostly blank album (approximately 70 blank pages) containing:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to potential light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


A.3.2   Photographs sent to or collected by Talbot 1842-1975, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 6-31

Photograph by Reverend Calvert Richard Jones
Date: 1846
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Salt print from a calotype negative of the Colosseum, Rome, 2nd view, by Reverend Calvert Richard Jones, 1846 [Inscribed '67' and titled in the negative, on verso 'LA380' in black ink and 'Coliseum Rome' in pencil]

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 3]


Photographs by Adamson, Llewelyn, Archer and unknown
Date: 1842-1856, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises photographs sent to or collected by Talbot:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to possible light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


Photographs by Adamson and Bridges
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 1-2]


Photographs by Llewelyn, Henneman and Bridges
Date: 1851, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 2]


Photographs by Iván Szabó
Date: 1858
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to possible light sensitivity [category 2-3]


Photographs relating to Talbot
Date: 1860s, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Photographs by Frédéric A. Flacheron
Date: 1849-1851, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to possible light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


Photographs by Frédéric A. Flacheron
Date: 1849-1851, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to possible light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


Photographs by Frédéric A. Flacheron
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 1]


Photographs by Frédéric A. Flacheron
Date: 1851
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 2-3]


Photographs collected by WHF Talbot
Date: c. 1860s
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collection of commerical photographs, mainly of places in Italy and of Italian art [30 items].

Photographs collected by WHF Talbot
Date: c. 1860s
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collection of commerical photographs, mainly of places in Italy and of Italian art [47 items].

Photographs collected by WHF Talbot
Date: 1856-1861, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Dageurreotype of a Babylonian inscription
Date: 1856, 1975
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Boxed daguerreotype of the 'Babylonian Inscription at Middle Hill', inscribed in ink in Sir Thomas Phillipps’ hand on the cover of its wooden box, with a copy letter from 1975 from the British Museum.

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not touch the handle the photograph itself.


Cased salt print portrait
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Salt print from a calotype negative, portrait of Sir David Brewster, by the photographers Henneman & Malone, printed on roughly cut card in a union case, inscribed in pencil on verso "without colour" and stamped "Patent Talbotype or Sun Pictures. Henneman & Malone. 122, Regent Str. London".

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to possible light sensitivity [categories 2-3]


Dageurreotype portrait
Date: 1856 or 1857
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 21
Language(s) of Material: English, French, English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Daguerreotype in a frame of the parents of Henriette Sanit, a maid at Lacock, by an unknown photographer, inscribed in ink '1857 le moi d’avril' and 'Papa & Mama à Lacock Abbey' and '1856 Henrietta Sanit Lacock Abbey Angleterre'.

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not touch the handle the photograph itself.


Collodion negative portrait
Date: c. 1858
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collodion negative on glass, three-quarter profile of William Henry Fox Talbot, probably by Ivan Szabo.

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to the fragility of the item.


Collodion negative portrait
Date: c. 1858
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collodion negative on glass, full profile of William Henry Fox Talbot, probably by Ivan Szabo.

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to the fragility of the item.


Daguerreotype of the Talbot daughters
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Daguerreotype portrait of Rosamond, Ela and Matilda Caroline Talbot by an unknown photographer, inscribed in ink by Matilda Talbot: 'Daguerreotype in broken case...' [case missing].

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted access due to the fragility of the item.


Ambrotype of Lady Jane Grey portrait
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Ambrotype copy of a print of Lady Jane Grey, unknown photographer, cased.

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not touch the handle the photograph itself.


Ambrotype of the moon
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Ambrotype photograph of the moon cut into a rough circle, unknown photographer.

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not touch the handle the photograph itself.


Talbot cartes de visite
Date: 1860s, c. 1940s
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Printed cartes de visite, including family images and some views of Lacock Abbey:

Talbot cartes de visite
Date: 1860s
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 28
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Printed cartes de visite, including family images and some views of Lacock Abbey:

Cartes de visite
Date: c. 1860-1905
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Cartes de visite and cabinet photographs of unidentified individuals and subjects.

Glass lantern slide
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Glass lantern slide of an unidentified Gothic doorway, Edinburgh – used for photoglyphic engraving?

Photoglyphic engravings
Date: 1859, 1866, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.4   Notebooks 1806-1845, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 7-19

Notebook containing miscellaneous notes and exercises
Date: Oct 1806-Apr 1809, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Mainly written in the hand of Talbot's mother Lady Elisabeth Feilding and contains notes and exercises on a range of subjects including history, linguistics, mathematics and science. Includes an index to the contents, written in a later hand, at the end of the notebook.

Notebook containing exercises and notes on Greek
Date: [c.1818]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Started from each end, with two sections in the middle spaced by numerous blank pages. The notebook is undated but on paper watermarked 1818.

Notebook containing notes on the history of Lacock Abbey
Date: 6 Sep 1827-4 Jun 1830
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Labellled 'Lacock 6th September 1827'. Mainly blank.

Notebook labelled 'R'
Date: 1838
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notebook labelled 'R' containing philological notes.

Notebook labelled 'Supplement to Copies'
Date: 1845
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains a list of words headed 'Remarks on these words will be found at ye following pages' on the first two pages and some miscellaneous notes on the final page of the notebook. Mainly blank.

Notebook containing an alphabetical index of words with classification system
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Compiled using pre-printed alphabetical tabs. Includes some loose papers inserted into the volume prior to the 'T' tab.

Notebook labelled 'Homer'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains quotations in Greek and notes on characters.

Notebook labelled 'Copies'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notebook labelled 'Copies' containing philological notes.

Translation notebook
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notebook containing a translation by Talbot of 'The Legend of Ishtar descending to Hades'.

Translation notebook
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notebook containing a translation by Talbot of 'The inscription on Bellino’s cylinder comprising the first 2 years of the reign of Sennacherib', a corrected version of a translation published by Talbot in 1866 in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature, vol. VIII, p. 369.

Philological notebook
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notebook containing notes on [Assyrian?] words and characters.

Blank accounting book
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Blank accounting book labelled 'W H F Talbot Esqr.' on rear cover.

Blank accounting book
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Blank accounting book labelled 'W H F Talbot Esqr.' on rear cover. Some pages torn out at the front of the volume.

A.5   Research drafts, notes and literary papers 1832-1866, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 20-24

Scientific drafts
Date: 1835-1851
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Philological notes
Date: 1832-1853, mainly n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Miscellaneous notes
Date: 1830-1866, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises

MIscellaneous notes
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises

Poetry and verse
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises

A.6   Botanical specimens [c.1809]-1836, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 25-35

Album titled 'Rules, Phrases & Expressions for More Elegant Phrasing of Verses'
Date: [c.1809-1815]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains English translations of Latin verse but mainly comprises botanical specimens. Inscribed 'W.H.F. Talbot May 1811' on the inside cover.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1824, 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes specimens from Lacock Abbey, 1828. Some specimens are labelled in Talbot's hand.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1824-1825, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Album of botanical specimens labelled 'Ionian Islands No. 1 1828'
Date: 1828
Shelfmark: MSS. WHF Talbot 28(1-2)
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 boxes

Album of botanical specimens labelled 'Ionian Islands No. 2 1828'
Date: 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1832, 1836
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes two specimens from 'Lacock Garden 1836'.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1836
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes some specimens labelled 'Lacock Garden 1836' by Talbot and other specimens with printed labels attributed to U.I. Müller. Also includes two specimens collected by Thomas Drummon in Alabama, USA.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 32
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some specimens labelled in Talbot's hand.

Album of botanical specimens attributed to William Henry Fox Talbot
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

The first specimen in the album is accompanied by a note by Talbot, n.d.

Loose botanical specimens
Date: 1833, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Botanical specimen mounted between two glasses for viewing under a microscope
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 35
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

A.7   Political papers 1832-1833, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 36-41

Notebook containing a list of voters in Chippenham, Wiltershire
Date: 1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes annotations by Talbot next to the names of some voters regarding their voting intentions.

Notebook labelled 'A List of Persons entitled to vote at the ensuing Election for the Borough of Chippenham in the County of Wilts.'
Date: 1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 37
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes annotated comments by Talbot next to the names of some voters.

Notebook containing a list of voters [for the borough of Chippenham, Wiltshire?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 38
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes annotated comments by Talbot next to the names of some voters.

Notebook containing a list of voters [for the borough of Chippenham, Wiltshire?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 39
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes annotated comments by Talbot next to the names of some voters.

Notebook containing lists of [voters for the borough of Chippenham ?] by 'promises' and 'promises if 2 members'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Political papers
Date: 1832-1833, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.8   Drawings [1820s-1830s], n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 42

Drawings
Date: [1820s-1830s], n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.9   Financial and legal papers [1824]-1876, n.d.

A.9.1   Papers concerning Lacock Abbey [1824]-1846, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 43-52

Plans of Lacock Abbey
Date: [1824]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

On paper watermarked 'J Whatman Turkey Mill 1824'.

'A Survey of the Abbey with the Manor of Lacock' compiled by John Darley
Date: 1827
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Map of the United States and the Provinces of Upper & Lower Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia by John and Alexander Walker
Date: 1827
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 45
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

This is probably the map used by Talbot in 1830 to recommend an emigration scheme to Lacock villagers. With wooden wall hanger.

Lacock estate bills
Date: 1828-1829
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 46
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Arrangement

[Arranged by date of payment?]


Miscellaneous papers concerning Lacock Abbey
Date: 1836-1846, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 47
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Catalogue of the Old Library at Lacock Abbey
Date: 1838
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 48
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.


Lacock estate account book
Date: 1841-1843
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 49
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains lists of tenants and rents, tithe rent charges, land tax, causal receipts, disbursements, payments to the gardener and portress and details of Talbot's account with West Awdry.

Account book detailing payments to John Gale for carpentry work on the Lacock estate
Date: 1841-1842
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 50
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

'Plan and Survey of the Village of Lacock in the County of Wilts prepared for W. H. F. Talbot Esqre' compiled by Little & Weaver
Date: 1843
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 51
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes a fold out map of Lacock village.

Great Western Railway map of the proposed deviation of the Bradford and Trowbridge branch through Talbot's property in the parish of Lacock
Date: [1845?]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 52
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

A.9.2   Papers concerning 31 Sackville Street 1821-1846, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 53-54

Papers concerning 31 Sackville Street
Date: 1821-1846, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 53
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Catalogue of the library [31 Sackville Street?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 54
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Pencil notation on front pastedown, likely in the hand of Charles Henry Talbot: 'Catalogue of Library in Sackville Street?' 1826 is the latest publication date of a book in the catalogue.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.


A.9.3   Account books 1828-1833

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MSS. WHF Talbot 55-58

Account book dontaining travel and domestic expenses
Date: Jul-Dec 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 55
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some payments signed 'H.T.'

Account book labelled 'John Williams'
Date: 1830-1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 56
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Possibly the John Williams referred to as a groom in an account of quarterly wages in MS. WHF Talbot 47. Some payments signed 'H.T.'

Account book containing domestic expenses
Date: 1831-1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 57
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some payments signed 'H.T.'

Account book containing domestic expenses
Date: 1832-1833
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 58
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some payments signed 'H.T.'

A.9.4   Bills and receipts 1824-1876, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 59-60

Bills and receipts
Date: 1824-1876, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 59
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence, bills and receipts concerning Talbot's account with West Awdry, bailliff and steward
Date: Feb 1842-Apr 1843
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 60
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

A.9.5   Miscellaneous 1867

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MS. WHF Talbot 61

Talbot's passport
Date: Jul 1867
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 61
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

A.10   Miscellaneous

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MSS. WHF Talbot 62-64

Notebook 'List of Harrow School'
Date: 23 May 1815
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 62
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

William Henry Fox Talbot is listed on the first page as a monitor.

Miscellaneous loose papers
Date: 1830-1868, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 63
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Two Egyptian polychrome painted Papyri Fragments of the 'Book of the Dead' in Hieratic
Date: c.600 BC
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 64
Language(s) of Material: Egyptian (Ancient)
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises spell 146, Guardians of the Underworld, and spell 148, Four Sons of Horus. Written in black ink and framed together in a modern frame.

A.11   Objects [16th cent.]-[1860s], n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot objects 1-87

Stained glass depicting the head of a saint
Date: [16th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

This was possibly sent to Talbot by his uncle, the Marquess of Lansdowne, who collected stained glass pieces from a church at Beauvais. It is possibly the work of Engrand Leprince (d.1531).

Related Material

Dep. d. 996, fol. 20 is a salt print photograph of the stained glass.


Scioptic ball
Date: [18th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Lacking the mounting socket and plate. Glass aperture. Could have been used to make a room into a camera obscura.

Set of seven wooden [geometric or mathematical?] blocks
Date: [early 19th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Stamped [Mathieu Alexandre] 'Allizeau A. Paris'.

Set of three glasses, English
Date: [c.1800]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

These objects were photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Glass, English
Date: [c.1800]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

These objects were photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Empty case with loose manuscript label 'W.H. Fox Talbot as a child of three'
Date: [c.1803]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

1/4 plate case. Oval matte

Empty case with loose manuscript label 'W.H. Fox Talbot as a child of three attested in his Mother's writing'
Date: [c.1803]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

1/4 plate case

Gold cufflinks in paper packet inscribed: 'Belongs to Henry Talbot & are above 100 years old Sealed up 1804'
Date: 1804
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 8 items

Scope and Content

Seal is now broken.

Small glass decanter, no stopper, English
Date: [1820s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

"29" etched in the rim.

Glass decanter with stopper, English
Date: [1820s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

This object was photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Glass decanter with stopper, English
Date: [1820s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

This object was photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Glass decanter, English
Date: [1820s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

This object was photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Glass claret jug with stopper, English
Date: [1820s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

This object was photographed by Talbot (Schaaf 69 - see the Articles of Glass photograph at MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

Architectural model of large bay window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey
Date: 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Likely made by Thomas Dibden Dighton. This is possibly one of the models referred to in Lady Elisabeth Feilding’s letter to Talbot, 25 Jul 1828. [Card? papier mâché?] with mica.

Architectural model of Oriel window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey
Date: 1828
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Likely made by Thomas Dibden Dighton. [Card? papier mâché?] with mica. This is possibly one of the models referred to in Lady Elisabeth Feilding’s letter to Talbot, 25 Jul 1828.

Electrostatic discharge wand
Date: [1820s/1830s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Glass and brass.

Silver coin, in packet, inscribed in ink 'Alexander dei gratia Scotorum Rex found at Tutberry 1831'
Date: 1831
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 17
Language(s) of Material: Latin
Extent: 1 box

Seal matrix 'William Henry Fox Talbot Sheriff of Wilts 1840'
Date: 1840
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

With handle.

Section, in glass, of a petrified Antigua palm
Date: [1849?]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Inscribed 'Antigua' in the glass.

Section, in glass, of a petrified [Antigua palm?] leaf
Date: [1849?]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Oil painting 'Neapolitan Conveyance' by unidentified artist
Date: [c.1843-1844]
Shelfmark: WHFT objects 21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Talbot copied this painting in calotype in Schaaf 377 and Schaaf 631 [c.1843-1844]. This painting, probably a copy, was hanging in Lacock Abbey as late as 1889 but was subsequently relegated to storage and found again in the 1990s. Oil on canvas, sealed in a modern frame.

Debusscope, wood with metal mirrors and leather base
Date: [1860s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Prism, in fitted red leather case
Date: [19th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Case inscribed in ink '6'.

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not remove from case


Prism, with two rounded edges, in fitted red leather case
Date: [19th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Case inscribed in ink '4'

Restrictions on Use:

Fragile - do not remove from case


Miniature portrait of a boy [William Henry Fox Talbot?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Oval, mounted under domed glass

Alabaster figure, female
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Formerly on fireplace at Lacock Abbey

Alabaster figure, male
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Formerly on fireplace at Lacock Abbey.

[Press?] holding thirteen glass plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 28
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Iron, brass clamp, glass. One knob present but with broken solder joint.

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted from the reading room (fragile)


[Measuring device for the curvature of mirrors?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Three edge points with calibrated dial on threaded centre point.

Prism holder stand
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

No prism. Brass.

Cork-stoppered chemical bottle containing white powder
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Printed label 'Oxide of T' with annotation in blue ink ['aid'?], probably a powdered enamel.

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted from the reading room (fragile)


Wood-stoppered glass bottle containing white powder
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 32
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Printed label 'White Enamel Howell & James, Ltd., 5,7,9 Regent St, London'.

Restrictions on Access:

Restricted from the reading room (fragile)


Lithophane showing lighthouse & boats
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Inscribed in pencil: '4/6' '43' :SQ'.

[Mineral?] specimen mounted between two glasses
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Transparent specimen mounted between two glasses, for the microscope
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 35
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Brass microscope slide with four apertures
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Two of the apertures have glass (one broken). Half of hinged brass slide missing.

Opaque microscope slide with four apertures
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 37
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Specimens under glass.

Opaque microscope slide with four apertures
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 38
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Specimens under glass. Inscribed '1' in ink.

Opaque microscope slide with four apertures

Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 39
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Specimens under glass. Inscribed '2' in ink.

Opaque microscope slide with four apertures
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Specimens under glass. Inscribed '4' in ink.

Blue leather case for quills
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Contains glass ink bottle, seemingly unused, with brass screw cover. [Jammed in one position].

Packet containing metallic wire
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Annotated in pencil: '9CT wire'. Printed packet: 'E.J. Vokes, Goldsmith & Jeweller, 16, Milsom St., Bath'

Horticultural Society of London token
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

In paper envelope annotated on the recto 'W H F Talbot' and on the verso 'The Horticultural Society of London Incorporated AD1809'.

Buckle [broken], with stone on front and brass back
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Seal matrix of a scorpion
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 45
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Seal matrix belonging to Sir William Sherington, and a note labelling 'Sir William Sherington's Seal' which is further inscribed 'Handwriting of Lady Elisabeth Feilding'. [Glass?], gold mounted.

Proof for a seal 'HFT' and a lion
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 46
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

In fitted wooden box labelled inside 'Halfhide & Son, Seal Engravers to His Majesty, Coventry Street, London'.

Proof for a seal 'WHFT' and a lion
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 47
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

In fitted wooden box labelled inside: 'Halfhide & Son, Seal Engravers to His Majesty, Coventry Street, London'.

Empty wooden case for a seal
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 48
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Labelled inside 'Halfhide & Son, Seal Engravers to His Majesty, Coventry Street, London'.

Proof for a seal 'Henry'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 49
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Labelled inside 'Halfhide & Son, Seal Engravers to His Majesty, Coventry Street, London'.

Mahogany dressing case
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 50
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Fitted-out mahogany dressing case with a metal plate inscribed 'W H Talbot' on the lid, and a key.

Restrictions on Use:

Restricted from reading room use (fragile)


Wooden travelling box labelled, [in ink?], 'H.F. Talbot'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objetcs 51
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Bust of Patroclus
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 52
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

A bust of Patroclus which was also photographed by Talbot (see for example the salt print from a calotype negative in MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 4).

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On display in the David Reading Room.


Plaster cast hands, clasped, life size
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 53
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Pair of plaster cast arms and hands of a [baby or doll?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 54
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Plaster cast of a right hand
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 55
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Undeciphered inscription on base [Mt G ?]

Plaster cast of an infant's foot
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 56
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Gimbaled gyroscope on a stand
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 57
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Likely early 19th cent. Brass.

Collection of hand folded seed packets (mainly empty) with manuscript labels
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 58
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Set of plaster cameos in a wooden box
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 59
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Box containing four layers of plaster seals or cameos. Probably acquired in Rome. A list of the cameos [compiled in Talbot's hand?] is attached the lid of the box with a printed label partially hidden underneath.

Iron metal tray with raised sides
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 60
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Use unknown. Stamped on top edge '10' '8' [third possible digit under rivet?].

Copper plate engraved with 'W.H.F. Talbot' and his crest
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 61
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Copper plate engraved 'Mr Talbot Lacock Abbey'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 62
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Verso stamped 'Willet & Co, Birmingham'.

Copper plate engraved 'Mr Talbot Lacock Abbey'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 63
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Copper plate wrapped in its proof with 32 calling cards printed from the plate. Plate stamped on verso: 'Hughes & Kimber, 106 + 107 Shoe Lane, London'.

Polished brass plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 64
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

With original wrappers.

Silvered copper plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 65
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Apparently blank, with stains. [Daguerreotype experiment?]

6 blank steel plates for photoglyphic engraving
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 66
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Apparently in original wrappers. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber Manufacture Red Lion Passage Fleet St London'.

5 blank steel plates for photoglyphic engraving
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 67
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content

Apparently in original wrappers. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber Manufacture Red Lion Passage Fleet St London'.

4 blank steel plates for photoglyphic engraving
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 68
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Apparently in original wrappers. Polished but not stamped.

Blank steel plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 69
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

In contemporary wrapper stamped 'Eastwood 4 Hart Alley London'.

Steel plate showing image of statuette with raised arm
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 70
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Not beveled. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

Steel plate showing an image of unidentified buildings
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 71
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Not beveled. There are fragments of contemporary newspaper wrapping on the edge of the plate. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

Steel plate showing an image of the façade of an unidentified building
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 72
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

[Blank?] copper plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 73
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Stamped 'D & J Grieg Edinburgh'.

8 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 74
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 8 items

8 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 75
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 8 items

Scope and Content

Some in original wrappers. Some stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

Steel plate showing [rectangular image?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 76
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Stamped 'D & J Grieg Edinburgh'.

Steel plate showing [two rectangular images?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 77
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Stamped 'D & J Grieg Edinburgh'.

3 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 78
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

In contemporary wrappers. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'

[Blank?] steel plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 79
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

[Blank?] steel plate
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 80
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

2 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 81
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Not beveled. Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'.

3 [blank] black [pewter or zinc?] plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 82
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

'Stamped Hughes & Kimber London'.

9 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 83
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 9 items

Scope and Content

Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'. One plate with a contemporary wrapper.

4 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 84
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Two in contemporary newspaper wrappers. Stamped 'D & J Grieg Edinburgh'.

10 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 85
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 10 items

Scope and Content

Stamped 'D & J Grieg Edinburgh'.

12 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 86
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 12 items

Scope and Content

Stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London'. In contemporary wrappers, tied with twine, which appears to be the original packaging.

26 [blank?] steel plates
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 87/1-5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 26 items

Scope and Content

Some in contemporary wrappers and most stamped 'Hughes & Kimber London.'

B   Papers of William Davenport Talbot 1799-1800, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 65, MS. WHF Talbot objects 88


Account book
Date: 1799-1800
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 65
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Account with Messrs Pybur, Call, Grant & Hale, possibly a trust fund.

Miniature portrait of William Davenport Talbot by Andrew Plimmer
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 88
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

In a gilt casing with domed glass, blue glass oval surrounding hair under domed glass on verso. With modern envelope annotated by Matilda Talbot 'William Davenport Talbot. This miniature had a piece of paper folded round it, in Lady Elisabeth Talbot’s writing, stating it was a portrait of her husband'.

C   Papers of Lady Elisabeth Feilding 1798-1846, n.d.

C.1   Diaries 1811-1830

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MSS. WHF Talbot 67-69

Diary
Date: Jan-Feb 1811
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 67
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Diary
Date: 1817, 1819-1824
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 68
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

The diary is comprised of entries relating to Lady Elisabeth's travels in Europe. Includes a description of William Henry Fox Talbot's first meeting with John Herschel, 20 Sep 1824. Also includes drawings and botanical speciments pasted into the volume:

Diary
Date: 1830
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 69
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

C.2   Correspondence 1798-1846, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 70-71

Correspondence
Date: 1798-1835
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 70
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises letters from:

Correspondence
Date: 1836-1849, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 71
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises letters from:

C.3   Drawings and artwork

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MSS. WHF Talbot 72-74

Watercolour drawings
Date: 1822-1823, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 72
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Album of drawings
Date: Mar-Apr 1812, 1821
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 73
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Inscribed 'Elisabeth Theresa Feilding Malvern 1812' on the inside cover. Comprises:

Album of drawings
Date: 1821-1823, mainly n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 74
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Labelled 'Souvenirs de mes Voyages' on the inside cover. Comprises:

C.4   Albums of botanical specimens 1822-1830

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MSS. WHF Talbot 75-76

Album of botanical specimens labelled 'Genoa'
Date: 1822-1824
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 75
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

With removable pencil. Contains 46 specimens labelled and dated by Lady Elisabeth Feilding.

Album of botanical specimens labelled 'Plantæ Rarioses'
Date: 1830
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 76
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Inscribed on the inside cover 'Laycock Abbey, 8th January 1830' and on the flyleaf 'Flora Capensis 1830' in the hand of Lady Elisabeth Feilding. Comprises 118 dried mounted and loose specimens with descriptive notes in pencil and some printed labels.

C.5   Scrapbooks and commonplace books 1830-1841, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 77-81

Quotation book
Date: 1830
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 77
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Inscribed on page 2 ['Ma quoi giorni felice Troppo veloci furo!']. Includes poem composed in Latin by William Henry Fox Talbot, 22 Dec 1810, pasted on inside of rear cover.

Quotation book
Date: 1830-1835
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 78
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Commonplace book containing travel notes
Date: 1841
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 79
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Mainly blank.

Scrapbook containing commercial engravings and lithographs
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 80
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some titled in Lady Elisabeths Feilding's hand.

Scrapbook containing commerical engravings and lithographs
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 81
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Some with manuscript identification of place of acquisition by [Lady Elisabeth Feilding?].

C.6   Financial and personal papers 1796-1839, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 82-85

Papers concerning her marriage to William Davenport Talbot
Date: 1796-1825
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 82
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Account book for bakers
Date: 1838-1839
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 83
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Account book for butchers
Date: 1838-1839
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 84
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Calling cards
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS.WHF Talbot 85
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

C.7   Objects 1845, mainly n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot objects 89-92

Hinged wooden blocks
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 89
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Possibly a sample of a window casing? Inscribed 'Lady Feilding' in ink.

Seal anchor
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 90
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item, 1 leaf

Scope and Content

With accompanying note in Lady Elisabeth Feilding's hand 'This piece of quartz was found near Penrice (the north side of Cessa[?] bay) and has an anchor engraved on the little end of it for a seal it was always in my dear Mother’s writing box and I think you will want it on both accounts'.

Broken fragments of a seal from Alderman Paget's wills
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 91
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

With accompanying descriptive note. The backing of box holding the fragments is an invitation sent to Lady Elisabeth Feilding.

Six theatre tokens
Date: 1845, mainly n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 92
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Comprises theatre tokens for 'Her Majesty’s Theatre, 1845':

D   Papers of Charles Feilding 1806-1831, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 86-88


Miscellaneous correspondence and papers
Date: 1806-1831
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 86
Language(s) of Material: English, English, French
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Printed fold out Plan de la Ville et Faubourgs de Paris avec ses Monuments, J. Bonnisel
Date: 1814
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 87
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

In box inscribed 'Charles Feilding'. [Walking routes?] have been annotated on the map.

Architectural plans
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 88
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

E   Papers of Caroline Augusta Feilding (later Countess Mount Edgcumbe) 1819-1840, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 89-93, MS. WHF Talbot objects 93


Album of drawings and watercolours
Date: 1819-1840, mainly n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 89
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Most of the drawings are unattributed so it is unclear whether they are the work of Caroline Augusta Feilding or were collected by her. Comprises:

Album of drawings and watercolours
Date: [c.1823-1827]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 90
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Most of the drawings are unattributed so it is unclear whether they are the work of Caroline Augusta Feilding or were collected by her. Comprises:

Album of pencil drawings
Date: 1825-1836
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 91
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Four pencil drawings of Lacock Abbey found loose in the rear cover of MS. WHF Talbot 91
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 92
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Wrapped in a third sheet. Three of the drawings are on one leaf.

Notebook containing Biblical musings of [Caroline Augusta Feilding?]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 93
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Plaster cast of the hand of Caroline Augusta Feilding
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 93
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Labelled in pencil, on the base, 'Countess of Mt Edgcumbe – Caroline'.

F   Papers of Horatia Feilding 1842, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 94-95, MS. WHF Talbot objects 94


Notebook labelled 'Orazia Feilding'
Date: 1842
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 94
Language(s) of Material: Italian
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Written in Italian, apparently drafts of letters written from Italy.


Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 95
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Sold for the benefit of the distressed Polish refugees in London.

Plaster cast of the hand of Horatia Feilding
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 94
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Labelled in pencil, on the base, 'Horatia Feilding'.

G   Papers of Constance Talbot 1825-1876, n.d.

G.1   Correspondence 1868-1876, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 96

Correspondence
Date: 1868-1878, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 96
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Mainly letters from her daughter Rosamond Talbot, and Amélina Petit, during travels in Europe. Also includes:

G.2   Albums 1825-1857, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 97-101

Album of drawings
Date: 1825-1857
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 97
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Calling card 'Mrs. Talbot' on front pastedown. It appears possible that some of the drawings, such as Mr Montgomerie’s of Lacock Abbey, 1832, were done with the aid of a camera lucida. It is assumed that those items not labeled as being by other artists were done by Constance Talbot. Comprises:

Album of watercolours and pencil drawings attributed to Constance Talbot
Date: Jul-Dec 1833
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 98
Language(s) of Material: English, English, Italian
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album of pencil drawings, possibly done with the camera lucida, and watercolours. This album was started during an early stage of William Henry Fox Talbot and Constance Talbot's tour of Europe in 1833. An inscription on the front pastedown lists colours and their use. The rear pastedown includes an inscription, in Italian, 22 Sep 1833.

Album of watercolours, drawings and photographs
Date: [1830s-1840s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 99
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 vol., 119 leaves

Scope and Content

Labelled 'Constance Talbot' on front pastedown. Two photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot and one possibly by Constance Talbot are mounted in the album. Twenty of the paintings and drawings in the album are signed or initialed by Constance Talbot. Many of the sixteen unidentified watercolours and drawings also appear to be by her. Comprises:

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Restricted access due to light sensitivity [category 1]


Album of watercolours and pencil drawings done at Greta Bank
Date: 1853-1854
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 100
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

In a Drawing Book published by Cowan & Co. Probably more than one family member contributed sketches. Comprises:

Album containing an ink and pencil drawing of two mosquitoes attributed to Constance Talbot
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 101
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 vol., 119 leaves

Scope and Content

The mosquito drawings are labelled '5' and '10'. Ink inscriptions on verso of the drawing in the hand of Constance Talbot describe the two varieties of mosquito. With pencil in sleeve attached to the album.

G.3   Philological notebooks 1832-1840

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MSS. WHF Talbot 102-103

Philological notebook
Date: 1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 102
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Mainly contains lists of German words and the English equivalent. Inscribed 'Constance Talbot Richmond, December 1832' on the inside cover.

Philological notebook
Date: 1840
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 103
Language(s) of Material: English

Scope and Content

Partially written in the hand of her husband William Henry Fox Talbot. Inscribed 'Memoranda – Constance Febry. 11.th 1840'. With a pencil inscription 'January 9 1890' one leaf in from the rear cover.

G.4   Bills and receipts for travel in Italy 1867-1868, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 104-105

Bills for Constance Talbot and her family at the Hotel Victoria, San Remo, Italy
Date: Nov 1867-Feb 1868
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 104
Language(s) of Material: Italian
Extent: 1 box

Hotel bills for Constance Talbot and her family during travel in Italy
Date: Jan-Jun 1868, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 105
Language(s) of Material: Italian
Extent: 1 box

G.5   Commercial photograph collection n.d.

General note

MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 32

Commercial photographs
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 32
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Thirty one commerical photographs marked with Constance Talbot's initials on verso. Mainly of Italian scenes and art.

G.6   Objects n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot objects 95-98

Miniature painting of Sarah Newton

Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 95
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item, 1 leaf

Scope and Content

In a 1/2 plate case with domed glass. With loose manuscript note 'Sarah Newton wife of Francis Mundy of Markeaton, Derby - & Mother of Constance Talbot'.

Coloured rice papers
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 96
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item, 1 leaf

Scope and Content

In paper wrapper, watermarked 1831, labelled 'Mrs Talbot' and 'Rice Paper'.

Copper plate engraved 'Mrs. Talbot' and 'Miss Talbots'
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 97
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

6.8 x 9.8 cm. Stamped on verso 'Hughes & Kimber, 106 + 107 Shoe Lane, London'.

Portfolio case
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 98
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content

Brown marbled boards, leather spine, string tied, cloth inner envelope, 82 x 60 cm. Inscribed in ink on label 'Mrs. Talbot' with faint pencil inscription replacing Mrs, covering a previous label, partially torn off, with trace of ink inscription. Also with a further, probably later, adhesive label inscribed in ink 'A Few Photoglyphic Engravings / Quantity of early albumen prints mainly taken in Italy.'

H   Papers of Charles Henry Talbot 1859-1915, n.d.

H.1   Correspondence 1860-1915, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 106-107

Correspondence
Date: 1860-1915, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 106
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises mainly family correspondence and correspondence with the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.:

Letter book
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 107
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Ammonia transfer letter book containing approximately four letters, including one to William Henry Fox Talbot. Mostly empty.

H.2   Notes ?1859-1886, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 108-109

Travel memoranda book
Date: ?1859
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 108
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

14 pages filled – written starting at front and at back. The titles of the notes include 'Experiments to be tried' and 'York Minster'.

Notes
Date: 1886, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 109
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

H.3   Sketchbooks, photographs and art 1860-1882, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 110-112, MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 33

Charles Henry Talbot's sketchbook
Date: 1860-1882
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 110
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Pencil sketchbook. Some sketches are of Lacock Abbey, including some views that William Henry Fox Talbot photographed, such as the woodyard shed, the blocked door and Piscina in the Vestry, and the dormer window.

Charles Henry Talbot's sketchbook
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 111
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Pencil sketchbook, inscribed 'Talbot' in ink on cover. Only one is signed 'C H Talbot' and the styles vary – possibly some work by others is included.

Drawing of Lacock Abbey
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 112
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

'Laycock Abbey 13 Mi. from Bath', mounted drawing in pencil, pen and ink with washes. Titled and annotated 'Mr. Talbots let to Lady Shrewsbury' in pencil on the mount. The drawing is annotated in ink on the verso 'with Case from Paul 25/10/19[?4]3' but possibly 1903, and therefore sent to Charles Henry Talbot.

Photograph of a miniature
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographic copy of a miniature painting of William Davenport Talbot. Silver print, mounted on card, with a frame. It is accompanied by a manuscript note that this and one of Davenport Talbot's sister Mary were done for Charles Henry Talbot: 'the picture of Davenport Talbot is most likely taken at an earlier age than the larger miniature found at Lacock Abbey'.

H.4   Printed ephemera 1877-1911

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MSS. WHF Talbot 113-114

Empty folder
Date: 1877
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 113
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content

An empty folder labelled 'notices relating to my father, and English verses considered to be by him C.H.T. Oct. 28. 1877'.

Book prospectus
Date: 1911
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 114
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content

Prospectus for Charles James Jackson’s An Illustrated History of English Plate, 1911. In publisher's envelope addressed to C.H. Talbot Esq. at Lacock Abbey.

I   Papers of Ela Talbot 1862-1872, n.d.

I.1   Commercial photograph collection

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MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 34-37

Stereo views
Date: 1862, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

A box of 22 cards of commercially produced stereo photographs including views of Lacock Abbey, of Lacock, of assorted zoo animals (a rhinoceros and cretan goats), of art exhibited at the International Exhibition of 1862, of Scottish scenes including Linlithgow Palace and St. Martin's Cross, Iona, and of Welsh scenes including Valle Crucis Abbey in Llangollen. Nine cards are inscribed 'Ela' in ink on verso, and one is inscribed 'R.T.' [Rosamond Talbot] in pencil on verso. Mainly undated.

Commercial photographs (small)
Date: 1870, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 35
Language(s) of Material: Italian
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Seven commerical photographs collected by Ela Talbot, mainly of Venice, plus six reproductions from a Venetian breviary.

Commercial photographs (medium)
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Twelve commerical photographs collected by Ela Talbot, including photos of Christchurch in Hampshire, Granada, Florence, Venice, Cairo, and Palestine, and of art in the Louvre and in Italy.

Commercial photographs (large)
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 37
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Twenty-one commerical photographs collected by Ela Talbot. Mainly images of Venice and Milan; plus photos of paintings and objects in Milan, Paris etc.

I.2   Botanical specimens

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MS. WHF Talbot 115

Botanical specimens
Date: 1867-1872
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 115
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Album of botanical specimens, pencil drawings and watercolours, inscribed on front flyleaf: 'Ela Theresa Talbot, June 1854, at Greta Bank'. Contains 34 dried mounted specimens, with manuscript labelling. Predominantly filled with inserted and mounted pencil drawings and watercolours from 1867-1872, some done in San Remo (Ela and Rosamond were there together in 1867). Some pages roughly cut out.

J   Papers of Rosamond Constance Talbot c. 1854-1897, n.d.

J.1   Correspondence 1876

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MS. WHF Talbot 116

Correspondence
Date: 1876
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 116
Language(s) of Material: French, English, French
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

J.2   Albums and commonplace books c. 1854-1897

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MSS. WHF Talbot 117-119

Commonplace book
Date: c. 1854-1897
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 117
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Commonplace book with contributions in French and English from William Henry Fox Talbot, Rosamond Talbot, Matilda Talbot and possibly others. 'Rosamond Talbot' is inked on the front flyleaf (two words effaced – possibly Chas Henry). Approximately the first 50 pages are by Rosamond (apparently 1850s). Approximately 50 pages are by Matilda Talbot, 1850s. Approximately 65 pages are from the 1860s, marked 'Caton (à Varèse 1823). H.F.T' [in French, not in William Henry Fox Talbot's hand]. Plus one entry from 20 November 1897, and blank pages.

Album
Date: c.1856-c.1865
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 118
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album possibly collected by Rosamond Talbot, who is the most represented in it, along with other family members. Other pieces are contributed by artists outside the family, possibly a record of people they met in various long-term residences in the Lake District and in Scotland. Contains a watercolour 'Dormer Window at Lacock' by Amélina Petit (no. 42), very similar to some of William Henry Fox Talbot's negatives, and three views by Rosamond Talbot of Millburn Tower, near Edinburgh, where he conducted much of his photoglyphic engraving research (nos. 79, 84 & 85). Contained 102 images (6 now missing), some images replacing earlier ones, and a few pages cut out:

Album
Date: 1865-1867
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 119
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album of watercolours and pencil drawings, inscribed 'Rosamond Talbot' in pencil on front pastedown.

J.3   Commercial photograph collection [1860s] n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 38-41

Commercial photographs (small)
Date: [1860s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 38
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collection of commerical photographs and printed [albumen?] reproductions with initials R.T. on verso. Mainly of places in Italy and of Italian art [23 items].

Commercial photographs (medium)
Date: [1860s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 39
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collection of commerical photographs and printed [albumen?] reproductions with initials R.T. on verso. Mainly of places in Italy, including Siena and Pisa, and of Italian art, including Giotto frescos [33 items].

Commercial photographs (large)
Date: [1860s]
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Collection of commerical photographs and printed [albumen?] reproductions with initials R.T. on verso. Mainly of places in Italy, including Florence and Venice, and of Italian art [38 items].

Albumen prints
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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Comprises:

J.4   Printed ephemera 1862, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 120

Printed ephemera
Date: 1862, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 120
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

K   Papers of Amélina Petit 1821-1873, n.d.

K.1   Correspondence 1848-1873, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 121

Correspondence
Date: 1848-1873, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 121
Language(s) of Material: French, French, English
Extent: 1 box

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Comprises:

K.2   Albums and commonplace books 1821-1870, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 122-126

Commonplace book
Date: 1821-1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 122
Language(s) of Material: English, English, French, Italian, German
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Commonplace book with inserted illustrations, inscribed in ink 'Donné par Monsieur Feilding à Amélina Le 1st Janvier 1821, Lundi, à Londres'. Poems and prose in various hands, predominately 1821-1832. Some entries are by or quote William Henry Fox Talbot: 'Lines to a little bird spreading her wings. On the marriage of his sister Lady Velletort. W.H.F.T. 1831. Laycock Abbey'.

Commonplace book
Date: 1825-1874
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 123
Language(s) of Material: English, French, English, Latin, Italian
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Commonplace book inscribed 'Amélina' in ink on the front flyleaf. The watermark is from 1825 with entries from 1835-1867, with some retrospective ones back-dated to 1804. Contains poetry by a variety of authors with entries in various hands. First poem inscribed 'Cop[ied]. C.F. Feby 9.' Extensive historical text, unsigned: 'Lacock Abbey.'

Commonplace book
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 124
Language(s) of Material: French, French, Italian, English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Commonplace book inscribed in ink on front flyleaf, 'Amélina' (first page extracted). Contains manuscript music; various pencil drawings, one mounted; genealogical notes; various notes in other hands.

Notebook
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 125
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Blank notebook containing dried plant specimens and some scraps of papyri. May not have belonged to Amélina.

Album
Date: 1869-1870
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 126
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album inscribed 'Amélina Petit, 1869 X 70'. Mostly pen and ink drawings, pencil drawings and watercolours painted in Florence. Includes some traveller's notations in pencil.

K.3   Music 1824-1831, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 127-130

Musical scores
Date: 1824
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 127
Language(s) of Material: Italian
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Collection of manuscript and lithographed musical scores. Several sets bound into one volume, inscribed in ink on first page: 'Lady Amelina'. 'No. VII. Ariette' by Giovanni Battista Perucchini is inscribed 'Donné par l’Auteur Venezia 1824'. Includes other inscriptions and notations.

Musical scores
Date: 1830
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 128
Language(s) of Material: Italian, French, Italian, German
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume of manuscript music inscribed in ink on front flyleaf: 'Amélina. Dato dalla sua pin card amica Caroline Augusta Feilding. London 25 Mai 1830.'

Mozart's Requiem
Date: 1831
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 129
Language(s) of Material: German, German, Latin
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Printed score of W. A. Mozart's Requiem (Leipzig: Bey Freitkopf und Härtel, n.d.). Inscribed in ink on cover: 'Mlle. Amélina 1831'.

Musical score
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 130
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Manuscript sheet music of music by Schubert and others, including Come si Lieta and other scores. Inscribed in ink 'Amélina'.

K.4   Commercial photograph collection 1870, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 42-44

Commercial photographs (small)
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Fourteen commerical photographs marked with Amélina Petit's initials on verso. Mainly of Italian art, with two of Italian scenery.

Commercial photographs (medium)
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Seven commerical photographs marked with Amélina Petit's initials on verso. Mainly of Italian scenery, with two of Italian art.

Commercial photographs (large)
Date: 1870, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Thirty commerical photographs marked with Amélina Petit's initials on verso. A mix of Italian scenery and art.

K.5   Objects n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot objects 99

Seal
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 99
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Gold and glass seal in envelope inscribed: 'I found this tiny Amélina seal and think you should have it with her other things. G.H.' Addressed 'To Miss Talbot, Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, Wilts'. Possibly sent to William Henry Fox Talbot's granddaughter Matilda Talbot?

L   Talbot family collection of lithograph drawings 1822-1826, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 131


Lithograph drawings
Date: 1822-1826, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 131
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Lithographed family drawings together with miscellaneous original artworks, many by family members and associates. Comprises:

M   Papers of Matilda Talbot 1889-1975, n.d.

M.1   Correspondence and papers 1889-1975, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 132-134

Correspondence mainly concerning William Henry Fox Talbot
Date: 1913-1975, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 132
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Papers relating to William Henry Fox Talbot
Date: 1934-1951, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 133
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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Comprises:

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers
Date: 1889-1961, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 134
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

M.2   Photographs 1922, 1934, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 45

Photographs
Date: 1922, 1934, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 45
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

N   Burnett-Brown papers 1964-2000, n.d.

N.1   Correspondence and papers 1964-2000, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 135-138

Correspondence and papers of Alexander Burnett-Brown and Katherine Burnett-Brown
Date: 1964-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 135
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of Anthony and Janet Burnett-Brown
Date: 1967-1996, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 136
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence and papers of Anthony and Janet Burnett-Brown
Date: 1975-2000
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 137
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Anthony and Janet Burnett-Brown papers
Date: 1974-1998, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 138
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

N.2   Photographs n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 46

Photographs
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 46
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

O   Unattributed correspondence and papers 1786-1913, n.d.

Scope and Content

This series comprises Talbot and Burnett-Brown correspondence and papers that cannot be clearly identified with one member of the family.

O.1   Correspondence 1786-1913, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 139

Correspondence
Date: 1786-1913, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 139
Language(s) of Material: English, English, French
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises letters from and between non-family-members:

O.2   Family papers 1738-1976, n.d.

O.2.1   Financial papers 1831-1838, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 140-145

Account book
Date: 1831
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 140
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Mostly blank account book from Chippenham Bank, 1831.

Account book
Date: 1833
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 141
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Domestic account book.

Account book
Date: 1833
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 142
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Mostly blank account book inscribed 'Francesco Righi – 30 di Gigno 1833'.

Account book
Date: 1836-1838
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 143
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Domestic account book.

Washing account book
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 144
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Washing book inscribed 'Miss Feilding'.

Transcript of a deed
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 145
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 leaf

Scope and Content

Manuscript transcript 'Deed relating to the tolls at Lacock Fair, 1306 (taken from the original at Lacock Abbey)'.

O.2.2   Family history and genealogy 1738-1976, n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 146

Family history and genealogy
Date: 1738-1976, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 146
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

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Comprises:

O.2.3   Notes and drafts 1817-1944, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 147-148

Notes and drafts
Date: 1817-1944, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 147
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Library catalogue
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 148
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Bound manuscript catalogue of an unspecified library, listing books from the 17th century to c. 1815.

O.3   Photographs 1872, 1888, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot photogr. 47-52

Photograph album
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 47
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album (gilt stamped on cover) possibly owned by a Talbot daughter. Contains 58 photographs, including albumen photographs of Italian sites, copies of paintings, British architectural scenes including Iffley Church, Oxford, and views in Lacock and of Lacock Abbey.

British Museum
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 48
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Seven albumen prints, probably all of British Museum displays, photographs attributed to Stephen Thompson:

Commercial photographs [small]
Date: 1872, 1888, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 49
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Commercial photographs [medium]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 50
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Nineteen commercial albumen prints of nature views, Italian and UK architecture, and a portrait of two debutantes, several signed or stamped by [Francis] Bedford and Ross & Thomson. One mount inscribed the Arch of Septimus Severus is missing its photograph.

Commercial photographs [large]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 51
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Eleven commercial albumen prints of scenes in Italy and a [twentieth century?] panorama of Mürren.

Commercial photographs [extra large]
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot photogr. 52
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Seven large, mounted albumen prints:

O.4   Artworks 1827-1909, n.d.

O.4.1   Albums 1857-1909

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MSS. WHF Talbot 149-151

Album
Date: 1857
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 149
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album containing watercolours and pencil drawings of flowers - possibly by Charles Henry Talbot.

Album
Date: 1877
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 150
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album containing watercolours of Egyptian scenes - possibly by Charles Henry Talbot.

Album
Date: 1889, 1909
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 151
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

An album of continental watercolours, 1889, with a loosely inserted watercolour of Weymouth, 1909 - possibly by Charles Henry Talbot.

O.4.2   Drawings, prints, plates, photoglyphic engravings 1820-1839, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 152-157

Drawings, prints and plates [small]
Date: 1839, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 152
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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Comprises:

Drawings, prints and plates [medium]
Date: 1820-1827, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 153
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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Comprises:

Drawings, prints and plates [large]
Date: 1822, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 154
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Drawings, prints and plates [extra large]
Date: Jul 1827
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 155
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Lithograph of hieroglyphs 'from the Chamber of Minai at Karnac excavated by Mr. Burton', made by G. Scharf and printed by C. Hullmandel.

Rolled drawings
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 156
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Photoglyphic engraving
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 157
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Experimental photoglyphic engraving on paper of three cityscapes [1858 or later?].

O.5   Albums of botanical specimens 1796-1850s, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot 158-163

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1796-1814
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 158
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Bound album of botanical specimens in brown suede boards with decorative gilt containing 62 loose and mounted specimens, with captions from 1805 to 1814. The first page contains a sample of ' Geranium Robertianum, Barming, 1805'. This volume obviously saw several uses over several generations at Lacock Abbey, starting at back end with an ink inscription 'May 4th 1796'. Numerous manuscript pages are roughly cut out, leaving traces of handwriting, and there are more modern lists in the middle pages, referring to cheques and refrigerators. About one-fifth filled.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1836, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 159
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Bound album containing eighty three pages of mounted dried botanical specimens collected in the Middle East.The point of collection is noted along with some dates, lacking years. A few later items are labelled 'Th. Kotschy, 1836'.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: c. 1836
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 160
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Commercial album containing 109 pages of mounted dried specimens with printed labels, from Thomas Kotschy. Some manuscript additions to labels, in an unknown hand.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: 1850s?
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 161
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

'Specimens of British Plants' from the Lake District with 31 pages of mounted dried specimens, labelled in ink. All specimens are from the Lake District and therefore possibly acquired during the Talbot family stays at Greta Bank in the mid-1850s.

Album of botanical specimens
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 162
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Album of botanical specimens with 22 pages of mounted dried specimens, but no inscriptions.

Botanical specimen
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 163
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Wrapper containing a botanical specimen labelled ' Bignonia?'

O.6   Music n.d.

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MS. WHF Talbot 164

Musical score
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 164
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Short music score by an unidentified composer, titled 'No. 3'.

O.7   Objects c. 1785-1908, n.d.

O.7.1   Seals 1880, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot objects 100-102

Lacock Abbey seal
Date: 1880
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 100
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Green wax Lacock Abbey seal and a plaster copy made from it, preserved in a vintage Pall Mall cigarette package, inscribed 'Cast of seal of Lacock Abbey, Sept 4, 1880, from Dr Norman Moore'. A manuscript enclosure is inscribed 'Electrotype' while the plaster copy is inscribed 'Lacock Abbey Wilts'.

Collection of letter seals
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 101
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Box of seals clipped from letters in a decorative pasteboard box.

Separated Material

A silver and mother of pearl pen originally found in this box is now at MS. WHF Talbot objects 112


Seals
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 102
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

O.7.2   Artworks c. 1785-1790, n.d.

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MSS. WHF Talbot objects 103-111

Miniature portrait
Date: c. 1785-1790
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 103
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Miniature painting in a gilt casing of an unknown officer wearing a dress uniform from the Peninsular Wars, with a typescript note '? Miniature of Admiral Feilding' [Admirals did not wear this uniform]. The backing is missing, and the miniature is stored in a Pastillea box.

Miniature portrait
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 104
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Large oval-framed miniature painting of a young girl with flowers, possibly Rosamond Constance or Matilda Caroline Talbot, the daughters of William Henry Fox Talbot. Labelled 'J.Guy Manfacturer / Molu Miniature Frames Clerkswell' on the back of the frame. Artist possibly Robert Edward Forster who was also commissioned to paint portraits of William Henry Fox Talbot's daughters Ela and Rosamond.

Silhouette
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 105
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Ink silhouette of a young man by John Miers (1756-1821), possibly of William Henry Fox Talbot, mounted and glazed under domed glass in a red leather case.

Miniature portrait
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 106
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Miniature of a young woman holding a mask in a gilt frame with domed glass.

Portrait drawing
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 107
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Framed pencil portrait of young woman.

Napoleon medallion
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 108
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Medallion or bas relief of Napoleon, material uncertain.

Cameos
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 109
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Light coloured wood box containing three small coloured cameos made of [celluloid?].

Engraving
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 110
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

A mounted engraving of Colin Shakespear, the 5th son of John Shakespear and Elisabeth Currie, based upon a miniature, by Debenham & Gould of Bournemouth, with a manuscript note explaining the family history of the subject.

Plaster wall bracket
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 111
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Plaster wall bracket with a female face, carved with 'L.M.' and '189[?]', plus an inset metal plate inscribed 'L.M.'

O.7.3   Miscellaneous 1868-1908, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot objects 112-113

Miscellaneous objects
Date: 1868-1908
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 112
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Empty case
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot objects 113
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

An empty quarter plate case with an embossed insert card under glass and a manuscript note stating that it belonged to Henry Thomas Fox Strangways.

O.8   Printed matter and wrappers 1809-1999, n.d.

O.8.1   Maps 1809-1832, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 165-168

Map of Devonshire
Date: 1809
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 165
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

One inch to a mile map of Devonshire by Lt. Col. Mudge, sectioned for binding and linen-backed, with a Talbot bookplate, published 11 Oct 1809.

New Map of England and Wales
Date: 1816
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 166
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

J. Cary's New Map of England and Wales, with part of Scotland. On which are carefully laid down All the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, the Course of the Rivers, and Navigable Canals. Second edition, 2 Sep 1816. Includes the Talbot family bookplate 'Prest d'acomplir' [ready to accomplish] and minor pencil annotations on rear flyleaf. In leather portfolio binding, with tie strings.

Maps of Switzerland
Date: 1820, 1832
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 167
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Four folded maps
Date: 19th century
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 168
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Slipcase with four folded linen maps of the Gulf of Venice, the Alps, the Gulf of Genoa, Austria.

O.8.2   Printed matter and ephemera 1831-1999, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MS. WHF Talbot 169

Printed matter, ephemera, cuttings
Date: 1831-1999, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 169
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

O.8.3   Wrappers 1841, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. WHF Talbot 170-171

Empty case
Date: 1841
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 170
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Clamshell case with 'MSS 1841' stamped in gilt on the spine.

Portfolio
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. WHF Talbot 171
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Blue portfolio, possibly originally contained the drawings and art in MSS. WHF Talbot 152-155.


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