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Group of seven adults and children in front of a backdrop, 1-30 Apr 1844

MS. 21088 photogr. 1/3

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A group of seven people in front of a backdrop, dated between 1-30 Apr 1844. From left to right: An unidentified woman, possibly the Talbot family's nursemaid, Eliza Frayland; Horatia Gaisford; Matilda Caroline; either Thomas Moore or Sir David Brewster; Ela Theresa; Rosamond Constance Talbot; and an unidentified woman, possibly Thomas Moore's wife, Bessy.

On the verso, written in pencil, is "Horatia is central figure with curls looking down. Tom Moore in tall hat. Ela, Rosamond & Matilda Talbot (3 girls) on left probably Mrs Talbot or Governess. Old lady ? Lady E. Feilding & one of the [?] (or Horatia) or Mrs Talbot".

This is the only known print of the image.


  • 1-30 Apr 1844


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 21088 photogr. 1/3

Biographical / Historical

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

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was a poet. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a natural philosopher and academic administrator. He was friends with Henry Fox Talbot and stayed with Talbot in 1836. For more details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Ela Theresa Talbot (1836-1893) was the first child of Henry Fox Talbot and Constance Talbot [née Mundy].

Rosamond Constance Talbot (1837-1906) was the second child of Henry Fox Talbot and Constance Talbot [née Mundy].

Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark [née Talbot] (1839-1927) was the third child of Henry Fox Talbot and Constance Talbot [née Mundy].

Eliza Frayland was the nursemaid of the Talbot family, being first employed by them in 1842.

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 2763.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom