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Horatia playing Amélina's harp, 1 May 1843

MS. 21088 photogr. 1/1
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Portrait of Horatia Gaisford playing Amélina Petit de Billier's harp. On the verso, written in pencil, is "Horatia (the player the harp)". The name "Lady Mount Edgecumbe" is also written, but has been crossed out.

This is the only known print of the image.


  • Creation: 1 May 1843


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21088 photogr. 1/1

Biographical / Historical

Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810-1851), was Talbot's half-sister. She married Thomas Gaisford (1816-1898) in 1850.

Amélina Petit de Billier (1798-1876), otherwise known as 'Mamie', was governess to Talbot's children and grew to become a close friend of the Talbot family.

Other Finding Aids

See also the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, a detailed inventory of Talbot photographs located around the world. The Catalogue Raisonné is organised by Schaaf number. The Schaaf number for this item is Schaaf 2722.

Existence and Location of Copies

A digital surrogate for this item is available in Digital Bodleian.

Physical Facet

Artifact type: Salted Paper Print; Process type: Calotype; Type: Loose print


Image dimensions: height 179mm x width 170mm

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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