[ Lowes Cato DIckinson, portrait painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lowes Dickinson') to Sir Richard Harington

Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908), portrait painter and Christian socialist, associate of Ruskin and Rossetti, founder of the Working Men's College, London [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
Hanwell. 16 April 1877.
SKU: 19192

4pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Monogram letterhead. Docketed by Harington. Much of the letter relates to the delicate health of his wife 'Ellen' (Margaret Ellen Dickinson, nee Williams, 1825-1882), but the reason for writing is a painting Harington has asked him to make of his 'boy'. He has received Harington's 'letters & enclosure' and 'will gladly do anything' he can for him. (1825-1882), but asks him to 'write to the photographers Messrs. Hills & Saunders and authorise them to give me an enlargement of the photograph if I apply to them for it - and also let me know whether you decide to have Dickins' head in the same Picture - because if so - I should make a different arrangement of the subject. They the two figures do not compose well as placed in the photograph. [...] I would have very little of the figures in the Drawing - & just place their heads together. Have you any Photograph of yr. boy you like better?' In a postscript he states that he was at Charterhouse with 'May': 'we saw Charlie who looked very well & we both thought him much grown'.