Autograph Letters

[Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington, as Lord Binning.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Binning'), docketted 'Mail coaches', and discussing the 'measure of applying to the English counties', ' Mr Mundell' and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Author: 
Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington [known as Lord Binning between 1794 and 1828] (1780-1858) of Tyninghame House, Tory politician
Publication details: 
'Tynninghame [Tyninghame House, East Lothian, Scotland] | Sunday night' [docketted with date '16/18 Sepr 1810'].
£40.00

3pp., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damp-staining to one corner. '[...] The measure of applying to the English counties was proper & indeed necessary - and I doubt not that, as the evil complain'd of is very general, we shall find a very general & ready cooperation on their part in our endeavours to procure redress.

[Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.] Autograph Note Signed ('Grosvenor'), undertaking to match the Earl of Wilton's contribution of fifty pounds to the Metropolitan Society.

Author: 
Robert Grosvenor (1767-1845), 1st Marquess of Westminster [2nd Earl Grosvenor], politician and landowner [Earl of Wilton; Metropolitan Society]
Publication details: 
Heaton House [Cheshire]. 21 October 1811.
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Sir | I have been requested by the Earl of Wilton, who is indisposed, to say that he shall be glad to contribute fifty Pounds to the Metropolitan Society & I shall be happy to do the same, & am, Sir | Yr obedt. Servt. | Grosvenor'.

[Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.] Autograph Signature ('Westminster') and seal in red wax on piece of vellum cut from document, with his engraved portrait by W. H. Mote.

Author: 
Robert Grosvenor (1767-1845), 1st Marquess of Westminster [W. H. Mote; Thomas Collins; Reform Club, London]
Publication details: 
The vellum document dated 1841. The engraving from 'London, Thomas Collins, 170, Piccadilly, Jany. 23 1842'.
£20.00

The piece of vellum an irregular rectangle of about 4 x 17 cm. Smudged signature, with crumbling red wax seal to its right, beneath fragment of Latin text ending with date 1841. The engraving, with facsimile of signature, 'From a picture in his Lordship's possession | This plate, 28 x 19 cm on 4to leaf, is by express permission dedicated most respectfully to the Members of the Reform Club by their faithful Servant Thomas Collins'. It is in fair condition, aged and with strip of discoloration in margin at head.

[Sidney Webb.] Autograph Card Signed ('Sidney Webb') to Sidney A. Gimson of the Leicester Secular Society, declining to undertake a lecture.

Author: 
Sidney Webb [Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield] (1859-1947), with his wife Beatrice Webb [Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield] (1858-1943), Fabian socialist economist [Sydney Ansell Gimson]
Publication details: 
6 Blythewood Square, Glasgow. 9 September 1892.
£35.00

Written in pencil on a neat small official 'POST CARD', printed with stamp and bearing a Glasgow postmark. In good condition, lightly aged. 'Dear Mr Gimson | I am sorry to say I have so much work that I do not like to undertake any lecture at Leicester this year. Please excuse me this time'. Gimson was president of the Leicester Secular Society and brother of Ernest Gimson (1864-1919), arts and crafts architect and furniture designer.

[John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('French') to 'Sir Edward' [Sir Edward Guy Dawber]

Author: 
John French [Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French], 1st Earl of Ypres (1852-1925), First World War General and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Sir Edward Guy Dawber (1861-1938), architect]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin. 6 June 1918.
£300.00

3pp., 4to. On bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with closed tears along fold lines. He begins: 'Dear Sir Edward | I owe you & the Council of the "Artists General Benenvolent Institution" a most humble &

[Edward Smith, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwd. Smith') to the London book and print seller John Martin, stating his terms for engraving 'the Game Keeper after W. Hunt'.

Author: 
Edward Smith (c.1780-c.1849), Scottish engraver, based in London [John Martin, bookseller, and printseller, of the London firm of Rodwell & Martin]
Publication details: 
3 College Street, Camden Town. 28 March 1831.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In very good condition, neatly placed within a windowpane mount. Addressed at head to 'Mr. John Martin'. Laying out, in detail, the 'Terms on which I agree to engrave the Game Keeper after W. Hunt'. The terms are described over twelve lines, beginning: 'The Engraving to be 7 by 5 inches in my best manner, the charge to be seventy Guineas, one third to be paid on the Etching, the remainder on delivery of the work, which I undertake to do in about four months.'

[Cary Tuttyt of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.] Autograph Letter, stamped by the 'Mil[itar]y. Department', asking for information regarding his brother, who enlisted in the Horse Artillery of the East India Company, and giving a description.

Author: 
Cary Tuttyt of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada [Horse Artillery, East India Company]
Publication details: 
'Ch: Town P. E. I.' 22 July 1846.
£80.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with slight discoloration and repair on reverse. Giving his address as 'Cary Tuttyt, Charlotte Town, Prince Edwards Island, B. N. A.' With black rectangular stamp: 'RECEIVED IN | 29 AUG. 1846 | MILY. DEPARTMENT.' Docketted on reverse 'Does not appear to have enlisted 1839'.

[Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Crofton Croker') to Sir Francis Palgrave, giving an excuse for not replying to a dinner invitation.

Author: 
Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854), Irish antiquary and civil servant [Sir Francis Palgrave (1788-1861), born Francis Ephraim Cohen, English historian]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [Whitehall, London]. 16 January 1827.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, with a closed tear along a fold line unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Addressed at foot to 'F. Palgrave Esqr' (he would not be knighted until 1832), beside which Palgrave has written: 'Mr. Crofton Croker. | Author of Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland &c.' The text of the letter reads: 'My dear Sir | I ought to apologize for not replying to your invitation for Wednesday evening last. - My excuse must be that I did not return to town until yesterday and that your note reached me on Friday at Brighton.'

[Sir Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhj, Maharaja of Bhavnagar State.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Krishnakumarsinhgi'), in English, to Dr R. T. Hughes of Harrow, discussing the end of his minority and control of 'affairs of Bhavnagar', and Harrow school.

Author: 
Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhji [Sir Krishnakumarsinhji] (1912-1965), last Maharaja of Gohil dynasty, ruler of Bhavnagar State, 1919-1948, and first Indian Governor of Madras, 1948-1952
Publication details: 
On crested letterhead of Nilambag Palace, Bhavnagar. 17 May 1931.
£130.00

3pp., 4to. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamped envelope, bearing Bhavnagar and Harrow postmarks, with typed address to 'R. T. Hughes, Esq. | Aboyne, | Harrow-on-the-Hill. | England.' He begins by thanking Hughes for the 'very pleasant surprise' of 'the unique photograph'. 'It is very kind of you and Mrs.

[Gilbert Murray, classical scholar.] Typed Letter Signed ('G. M.') to 'Mark' [Mark Bonham Carter], praising his 'answer to Quintin Hogg', and suggesting a meeting.

Author: 
Gilbert Murray [George Gilbert Aimé Murray] (1866-1957), Australian-born British classical scholar [Mark Bonham Carter (1922-94), Baron Bonham-Carter, Liberal politician; Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Yatscombe, Boar's Hill, Oxford. 24 July 1946.
£40.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. He begins: 'This is just a line to say how very good I thought your answer to Quintin Hogg.' He next turns to his desire for a meeting and 'walk in the afternoon', although he knows 'this is a long way off and you are very busy'. He ends with transport information and the news: 'However I am going away on Monday for 3 weeks.' The valediction is in Murray's autograph: 'Yours sincerely, | G. M.'

[William Strang, Scottish painter and etcher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Strang') to 'Daffarn', regarding an engagement with him and his 'friend Watson'.

Author: 
William Strang (1859-1921), Scottish painter and etcher, President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Hamilton Terrace, NW [London]. 2 April 1907.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Daffarn | I will be in any time in the afternoon after 2.30 on Friday, & will be pleased to see you and your friend Watson. | The work goes on slowly but I think I will finish in time.'

[William Strang, Scottish painter and etcher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Strang') to an unnamed female recipient, regarding a meeting of the Art Workers' Guild.

Author: 
William Strang (1859-1921), Scottish painter and etcher, President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers [The Art Workers' Guild]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Hamilton Terrace, NW [London]. 20 January 1916.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Madam | Thank you for your reminder about reading the paper tomorrow night. | I will be at the Guild before 8, and get the slides.' Strang was Master of the Art Workers' Guild.

[Thomas Webster, RA.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr. Gotta'.

Author: 
Thomas Webster (1800-1886), RA, English genre painter and etcher [Royal Academy of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cranbrook, Staplehurst. 10 May 1877.
£35.00

1p., 16mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-spotted paper. The note reads: 'Mr. Webster in reply to Mr. Gotta's note desires to say, with his compliments, that his Picture, in the Royal Academy, is engaged.'

[Sir Francis George Newbolt, lawyer and lecturer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Newbolt.') to Lady Holroyd, concerning a present for 'Michael', and an 'excellent drawing of my "honest phiz"'.

Author: 
Sir Francis George Newbolt (1863-1940), lawyer and lecturer [Lady Holroyd]
Publication details: 
26 Kensington Park Gardens, W. [London]; on cancelled letterhead of Oakley Lodge, Weybridge. No date.
£45.00

3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He is posting a watch, which he describes as his 'small offering to Michael'. 'Please tell your husband that my wife is honestly much pleased with the excellent drawing of my "honest phiz", as Calverley calls it, though from her intimate knowledge of the original she thinks certain points open to criticism.' He continues in the same vein on the same topic for a page.

[Peltro William Tomkins, drawing master to the royal family.] Autograph Letter Signed ('P W Tomkins') to 'Gentlemen' [booksellers] regarding 'Dr Clarkes Plates' and the desire of the bearer of the letter to be employed as an engraver.d

Author: 
Peltro William Tomkins (1759-1840), engraver and draughtsman, drawing master to the family of King George III
Publication details: 
53 New Bond Street [London]. 14 March 1809.
£60.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper, laid down on a grey-paper mount. The letter is addressed 'Gentlemen'. In the first paragraph he explains that having received their letter, he sent 'Dr Clarkes Plates [...] to the Writing Engravers but have not as yet received them back'. He has sent the bearer of the present letter to find out when they will be done, and he has been told to tell them the answer he receives. The second paragraph reveals that the bearer of the letter is himself an engraver: 'I understand that he applied to you for the engraving of one of your Portrait Plates.

[Niccolò Schiavonetti, printmaker.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nichs. Schiavonetti') to 'Mr. Scott', sending '4 sorts of french paper', and giving instructions on how it is to be prepared.

Author: 
Niccolò Schiavonetti [Nicholas Schiavonetti] (c.1771-1813), printmaker, brother of Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810)
Publication details: 
Brompton; 15 April 1811.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with damp stain along one edge. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Scott'. He is sending 'by Bearer 4 sorts of french paper, 2 sheets of each, which you will be so good as to see that it is properly prepared before it is used - The grand Eagle with the watermarks will require a great deal of brushing with a hard brush as I think that many of the specks will brush off they being chiefly superficial'.

[Martin Hardie, art historian and curator.] Two Typed Letters Signed to the artist and critic Eric Hesketh Hubbard, discussing the loan and delivery of drawings.

Author: 
Martin Hardie (1875-1952), art historian and Victoria and curator at the Albert Museum [Eric Hesketh Hubbard (1892-1957), artist and critic]
Publication details: 
First letter: on letterhead of Rodbourne, Tonbridge, Kent. 3 October 1943. Second letter: from Rodbourne. 10 October 1943.
£70.00

The two items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 1p., 4to. Regarding the loan by him to Hubbard of drawings, and delivery options for them. TWO: 1p., 12mo. 'You vanished very suddenly after our Meeting and I did not have the chance of discussing arrangements with you. Will you please let me know what time it passes through Tonbridge on the following Monday.' He hopes to bring two more pictures 'straight to Albany from Charing Cross, arriving about mid-day? If you are not to be there I will take them to the Royal Academy and deliver them in the afternoon.'

[Major Herman Armour Webster, American engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. A. Webster') to 'Mr. Barry'.

Author: 
Major Herman Armour Webster (1878-1970), American etcher, draughtsman and lithographer
Publication details: 
Paris. 28 October [no year].
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. He apologises for the 'very short letter' and 'long delay in answering'. He reports that 'the rings came in your order but I have not had a chance to use them and will not have now until next Spring or Summer'. He is sending money as requested. 'My three plates of the trees came very nicely - one has just gone to the "Studio" so you may see it there later on.' He will write again when he has time for 'a rational note'.

[John Hassell, artist and engraver.] Autograph Note Signed ('J Hassell'), arranging to offer 'something interesting' to an unnamed employee of the London printseller 'Mr Boydell' [either John Boydell or his nephew Josiah Boydell].

Author: 
John Hassell (1767-1825), watercolour painter and engraver [John Boydell (1720-1804), artist and London printseller; his nephew Josiah Boydell (1752-1817)]
Publication details: 
'Thursday Morng [no date] | 11 Clements Inn'.
£50.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-stained paper. The note reads: 'Dr Sir, | I shall do myself the pleasure of waiting upon you the beginning of the week, when I hope to have something interesting to shew you for Mr Boydell - believe me | Dr Sir | Yrs truly | J Hassell'.

[John Henry Robinson, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Robinson') to an unnamed male recipient, discussing his engraving of the Marchionness of Abercorn, and pointing out that the plate belongs to the printseller F. G. Moon.

Author: 
John Henry Robinson (c.1796-1871), engraver [Sir Francis Graham Moon (1796-1871), London printseller and publisher]
Publication details: 
20 Spring Street [London]. 23 February 1842.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight creasing and chipping at head. In answer to an enquiry, he states regarding 'the Portrait of the Marchioness of Abercorn' that 'though Mr Moon & I have not yet completed our arrangements I consider that the Plate is his property & not mine as you appear to have been informed'. He concludes by thanking him 'for the favorable opinion you are pleased to express both of the plate in question & the engraving'.

[John Wallis Shores, engineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Short') to the curator Sydney Pavière, regarding prints which he is sending him.

Author: 
Frank Short (1851-1935), artist [Sydney Pavière (1891-1971), curator]
Publication details: 
56 Brook Green, W6 [London]. 8 December 1926.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph reads: 'Dear Mr Pavière, | I will look carefully at the prints you send in (as, indeed, & of course, at all of them), and hope you may be successful at the election. The whole of the members will this year, at last, express their opinon on the candidates work, but the final decision rests, as it must under the charter, with the Council.' In the second paragraph he expresses pleasure that 'you are interesting your gallery in prints'.

[Frederick William Fairholt, artist and antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. W. Fairholt') to unnamed male recipient, reporting that he has done an engraving for him, and commenting adversely on the increasing 'taste for hard words'.

Author: 
Frederick William Fairholt (c.1813-1866), artist and antiquary
Publication details: 
11 Montpelier Square, Brompton. No date.
£45.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. 21 lines of text. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. As Doubleday has not 'sent the last', he has 'done your 3rd Cut of "glorious Apollo" from the print alone endeavouring to give the antique style as faithfully as I could.' He thanks him for his 'bit about the "archaic" term', and is certain 'that that [last word underlined] - like many other derivations from Greek & Latin roots, are most frequently used improperly[. T]he taste for hard words is certainly on the increase among all classes - from the advertising tailor upwards.'

[William Pengree Sherlock, watercolour artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W P Sherlock') to an unnamed recipient, sending his 'last little Effort' in engraving, as proof of his abilities.

Author: 
William Pengree Sherlock (b.1775), watercolour artist and engraver, son of the artist and engraver William Sherlock (1738-1806)
Publication details: 
Cumberland Place, Shepherd's Bush. 21 July 1817.
£120.00

1p., 4to. Good, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'Sir | I shew to you my last little effort which is a Copy from Vertues large Print after the Picture by Holbein now hanging in the Council Chamber of Bridewell Hospital'.( A note at the foot of the page reads: 'The above was engraved for the Purpose of Illustrating Pennant Walpole &c'. He notes that the print (not present) was 'engraved as the companion to the last Print I sent you.

[William Skelton, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Skelton') to William Aynton, requesting that he be allowed to send him 'a few of my engraved Portraits', for distribution to 'the Noblemen & Gentlemen, Members of the Athenaeum Club'.

Author: 
William Skelton (1763-1848), English engraver [William Aynton; the Athenaeum, London club]
Publication details: 
1 Stafford Place, Pimlico. 3 September 1831.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. In an apparent attempt to drum up business, Skelton writes:: 'In consequence of your suggestion I presume to request the favor of you to receive a few of my engraved Portraits, to present to the Noblemen & Gentlemen, Members of the Athenaeum Club, and shall be gratified if the enclosed may prove acceptable.'

[William Thomas Roden, Victorian portrait painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. T. Roden'), to an unnamed recipient, regarding the engraving of a painting by William Powell Frith.

Author: 
William Thomas Roden (1817-1892), Victorian portrait painter and engraver [William Powell Frith (1819-1909), English artist]
Publication details: 
1 Victoria Terrace, Bridge Road, Hammersmith. No date.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Casting an interesting light on the practicalities of Victorian engraving. Roden begins: 'I have had an answer from Mr. Frith who is willing that I should engrave his picture[,] he cannot however get it me for 3 years, the time I mentioned.' Frith has mentioned a copy to Roden, which will cost him sixty guineas, 'and the purchaser consents to me having the original "now and then"'. He ends with an appeal for the recipient's advice.

[Sir Frank Brangwyn, artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Brangwyn.') to an unnamed lady, regarding his efforts to get her 'a print of my etching "The Storm"'.

Author: 
Sir Frank Brangwyn [Sir Frank William Brangwyn] (1867-1956), artist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Temple Lodge, Queen Street, Hammersmith, W. [London] 21 February 1905.
£90.00

1p., 4to. On blue-grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. He has been trying to get her a acopy of the print, but will not be able to until the following Tuesday. He hopes that this is not too late, and it will give him 'much pleasure in sending it up'.

[Thomas Goff Lupton, engraver.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Lupton') to 'Mrs. Osborne', the mother of his godson, denouncing his trade of engraver as 'a painful health destroying profession [...] and little short of wilful murder'.

Author: 
Thomas Goff Lupton (1791-1873), English engraver
Publication details: 
4 Keppel Street, Russell Square [London]. 2 February 1866.
£220.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. An excellent and surprising letter. Lupton begins by saying that he is happy to comply with Mrs Osbornes request for 'two of my Cartes, one for yourself, the other for your Boy! My God Son: who I am glad to know is so well placed in the world. O!

[William Bromley, engraver.] Signed ('W Bromley A.E. | Member of the Roman Academy of St Luke') Autograph note to Henry Howard, Secretary of the Royal Academy, giving the titles of two works for the 1833 Ancient Academy exhibition.

Author: 
William Bromley (1769-1842), English engraver, from 1819 an Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy
Publication details: 
21 Shaftesbury Terrace, Pimlico [London]. No date [1833].
£80.00

1p., small 4to. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-stained paper. Addressed on reverse to 'Henry Howard Esq R.A. Secy | Royal Academy | Somerset House'. There is no message to Howard, the text only consisting of Bromley's titles: 'No 1 | Head of Juno, Antique, in possession of G Bankes Esqr. Engraved for the Dilettante Society - | No 2 | A Caryatides, being one of the Elgin Marbles | Engraved for the Trustees of the British Museum -'. The two engravings were nos. 945 and 946 in the Royal Academy's 'Ancient Academy' of 1833 (see Literary Gazette, 15 June 1833).

[Sir Charles Holroyd, English engraver, first Keeper of the Tate Gallery.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Kitton' [the author Frederic George Kitton], accepting the congratulations of the Hertfordshire Arts Society on his knighthood.

Author: 
Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), English engraver, first Keeper of the Tate Gallery, and Director of the National Gallery [Frederic Geoge Kitton (1856-1904), author; Hertfordshire Arts Society]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Gallery, London. 11 November 1913.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. 'Allow me to thank you and through you the members of the Hertfordshire Arts Society for your kind congratulations upon the honour the King confers upon me and upon the Gallery in the work of which I am privileged to assist'.

[Sir Francis Seymour Haden, etcher and surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Seymour Haden') to 'B. Gibbs', explaining his reasons for declining an invitation, and a 'lantern man' at 'Gipsy [sic] Hall'.

Author: 
Sir Francis Seymour Haden [pseud. H. Dean] (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Woodcote Manor, Alresford, Hampshire.
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged paper, with a patch of damp staining across both leaves. He should be happy to accept the 'kind invitation', 'if it were not that I believe I am to be the Guest of your Honorary Secretary Dr. Rice Oxley on this occasion'. He hopes that 'Gipsy Hall will be the proper to come to in either case'. He requires 'certain particulars', and will be writing to Oxley regarding 'the ability of the lantern man to obtain fine definition - linear definition I mean'.

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