[ Lord Hobhouse on Titian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hobhouse') [ to Sir George Newnes, editor the Strand Magazine ], offering an article inspired by W. P. Frith's comments on 'Titians exquisite work' [ Sacred and Profane Love ].

Arthur Hobhouse, 1st Baron Hobhouse [ Lord Hobhouse ] (1819-1904), judge and legal reformer [ William Powell Frith (1819-1909), artist; Sir George Newnes (1851-1910), editor of the Strand Magazine ]
Publication details: 
Charlton House, Portbury, Bristol. 8 August 1900.
SKU: 20136

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Although unnamed, the recipient Sir George Newnes, editor of the Strand Magazine, which in August 1900 had published William Powell Frith's comments on Titian's 'Sacred and Profane Love' in its 'World's Greatest Paintings' series. Hobhouse begins: 'Sir, | My eye has been caught by the interesting and finely illustrated article in your August number on Paintings. With regard to the popular title of Titians exquisite work (p. 193) I am glad to see that Mr. Frith is as dissatisfied as I could wish. To me it has been a subject of profound dissatisfaction ever since I first saw it, when the world was younger than now. Two years ago a writer in the Times announced in a very confident way that a learned German Professor had discovered the subject of the picture. In fact he had not, but the discussion led me to look into the subject more methodically than before, and to jot down some remarks upon it.' He offers an article, warning that it is 'only the remarks of a man quite ignorant of the art of painting, but apt to find his thought stirred by fine pictures'. He can with little trouble put his notes from two years before 'into shape for publication', and stresses that he is 'not seeking to be treated as a paid contributor, if indeed you deal with strangers on such terms'. He is moved solely by his interest in the subject, 'and by a faint and lurking hope that somebody more competent than I may, if able, be induced to throw fresh light on this great work of art.' His vanity 'will not be mortified' if recipient deems his article 'unsuitable'.