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Two women confiding in the Cloister, Lacock Abbey, 11 Aug 1843

MS. 21088 photogr. 1/21
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Two women, sometimes identified as Lady Edgcumbe and Horatia Gaisford, confiding in the Cloister of Lacock Abbey. This image is sometimes known as, 'Andalusan Nuns'

On the verso, written in pencil, is "? Horatia & Caroline". There is also a 'Patent Talbotype for Sun Pictures' circular stamp.


  • Creation: 11 Aug 1843


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21088 photogr. 1/21

Biographical / Historical

Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe [née Feilding] (1808-1881) was Talbot's half-sister.

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

Lacock Abbey is a country house and former nunnery located in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire. It came into the ownership of successive generations of the Talbot family and was inherited by Henry Fox Talbot in the 19th century. Many aspects of the site feature in his photographs, including the cloister and grounds. His granddaughter, Matilda Theresa Talbot, inherited the Abbey in 1916 and donated the property to the National Trust in 1944.

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 2025.

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

Physical Facet

On a handruled mount that measures approximately 9 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches.


Image dimensions: height 86mm x width 68mm

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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