D'ORSAY

[ Count Alfred D'Orsay, French dandy and artist, linked to the Countess of Blessington, ] Autograph Signature ('Cte. d'Orsay'), with black wax seal, on part of letter.

Author: 
Count Alfred D'Orsay [ Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay ] (1801-1852), French painter and dandy, linked with Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849)
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On one side of strip of paper, roughly 4 x 12 cm, torn from the foot of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged, with small square of glue staining to one corner (not affecting text). There is a small seal in black wax in the left-hand corner, to the left of the signature, but it bears no clear impression. Reads: ' as he was first Page of the Countess of Blessington | Cte. d'Orsay'.

[ Alfred D'Orsay, Count D'Orsay, French dandy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. d'Orsay') to his attorney 'Du Pasquier' [J. M. Du Pasquier], touching on his financial embarrassment and his bust of the Duke of Wellington.

Author: 
Count D'Orsay [ Alfred, Comte d'Orsay (1801-1852), French dandy and artist, notorious for his liaison with the Countess of Blessington ] [ John McMahon Du Pasquier (d.1873), London attorney ]
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Place not stated. 23 October 1851.
£250.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly-aged. Neatly placed with a windowpane mount onto a leaf of cream paper. Writing within a year of his demise, D'Orsay begins by defending himself to his attorney: 'My Dear Du Pasquier | You received my letter yesterday about Mousley. I could not act otherwise, and even I have no right to complain when a man is losing more than 5000 by me, to find fault that he did not send me £1300. I am astonished that you are so severe. I am sorry that you will not give your assistance in this affair. Do as you like.

Engraving of the poet Walter Savage Landor by H. W. Smith after a drawing by Alfred d'Orsay, with original sample of his handwriting.

Author: 
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), poet and author of the 'Imaginary Conversations' [Alfred d'Orsay [Count d'Orsay] (1801-1852), French dandy and artist]
Publication details: 
Neither item with date or place.
£56.00

The engraving, which is not in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, is on a piece of 19 x 14 cm paper, with tissue guard. The image measures around 8 cm square, and shows Landor's head in profile, looking to the left, with 'A. D'Orsay' beneath to the left, and 'H. W. Smith' beneath to the right. In good condition, lightly-aged, with small stain to one edge of border. Attached to a piece of paper, along with the piece of Landor's autograph, which is on a 1 x 18.5 cm strip of grey paper cut from a letter, and is in fair condition, lightly-creased.

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