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Henry Fox Talbot
Portrait of Talbot's daughter Ela (?)
Salted paper print, from calotype negative
3 3/4 x 3 in (9.5 x 7.6 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 22, 2009, Photographs & Photographic Literature, Sale 2191 Lot 4)
Talbot's three daughters Rosamund, Ela and Matilda appear in a number of photographs from the 1840s. The one offered here resembles a portrait of Ela that is reproduced in Geoffrey Batchen's "William Henry Fox Talbot" (p. 29), in which she charmingly clutches a bouquet of flowers. Rosamund also appears frequently as a subject.