[ Fanny Fildes, artist, and her husband Sir Luke Fildes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fanny Fildes') from Lady Fildes to the physician Sir W. H. Allchin, about a 'cure' for her husband, with his autograph signature ('Luke Fildes') on part of letter.

Fanny Fildes [née Woods ] (1851-1927), artist, and model of her husband Sir Luke Fildes (1843-1927), artist and illustrator of Charles Dickens [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
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Lady Fildes' letter on letterhead of 11 Melbury Road, Kensington, W. [ London ] 10 July [ no year ]. The slip from a letter of her husband without place or date.
SKU: 20385

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS from Lady Fildes to Allchin. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. Addressed to 'Sir William'. She asks him to call the following Monday at tea time, to 'talk over with Luke what he ought to do about a cure. We leave on Friday next for Cheshire to stay until Tuesday, and Luke thinks as he would be in the neighbourhood of some "cure" places he might do a short one of a fortnight, and then go to Dartmoor afterwards.' In a postscript she states that they had 'a very jolly evening last Monday'. TWO: Autograph Signature of 'Luke Fildes' on the valediction of a letter. On a slip of grey paper. On one side the valediction reads: 'I hope you have enjoyed yourself abroad | Very truly your | Luke Fildes'. The reverse is blank. According to Sir Luke Fildes' entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'married Fanny (1851–1927), the sister of his friend Henry Woods and daughter of William Woods, jeweller, and his wife, Fanny, of Warrington. Fanny Fildes was a model for a number of Fildes's paintings besides his portrait of her (exh. RA, 1887; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool): she appeared as one of the young women in Fair, Quiet and Sweet Rest; as a milkmaid in Betty (exh. RA, 1875), which was begun on their honeymoon and partly painted in Paris during the winter of 1874–5; and in the Venetian picture, An al Fresco Toilet (exh. RA, 1889; Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight). She was his constant companion and adviser in the studio, and achieved some success as an artist herself, exhibiting at the Dudley Gallery, London, and at the Royal Academy.'