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William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot’s Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot’s Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera

William Henry Fox Talbot’s Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,956,000

USD

William Henry Fox Talbot

1800 - 1877

William Henry Fox Talbot’s Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera



a group of 71 salt prints, several with manuscript captions in a contemporary hand in ink, two credited 'from nature H. F. T.' and 'H. F. Talbot,' likely by the photographer, and most with manuscript captions in a modern hand in pencil on the reverse; Horatia's Album, comprising 25 salt prints, most with manuscript captions in a contemporary hand in ink on the mount; an album comprising 32 salt prints, most with manuscript captions in a contemporary hand in ink on the mount, inscribed 'Talbotypes 1843' in ink on the front pastedown; an album comprising 24 salt prints, most with manuscript caption in a contemporary hand in ink on the mount; the complete volume Sun Pictures in Scotland (London, 1845), 23 salt prints, on mounts with hand-ruled borders, each plate numbered in ink on the mount, 1844. 4to, gilt-lettered green cloth with a gilt-decorative cartouche, stamped 'A Tarrant Binder 16 Great Queen St' on the front pastedown, with the title page, plate list, and 'Notice to the Reader' inserted; The Pencil of Nature, (London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1845-46), Parts II (plates 6-12), III (plates 13-15), IV (plates 16-18, with plate 16 in duplicate), and V (plates 19-21), 17 salt prints on mounts with hand-ruled borders, 15 numbered in ink on the mount; each with printed wrappers, Part II inscribed by its owner ‘Horatia Feilding / given me by Henry’ in ink on the front free endpaper, accompanied by letterpress text and two ‘Notice to the Reader’ pasted in; and Horatia's Sketchbook, with more than 20 pencil sketches and watercolors of botanicals, variously dated from 18 September 1820 to 24 April 1824

Various sizes to 7 ½ by 9 in. (19.1 by 22.9 cm.)

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The photographs: gift of the photographer to his sister Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford (née Feilding), 1840s

The photographs, sketchbook, and music score: by family descent to the present owners