Edward Smith (c.1780-c.1849), Scottish engraver, based in London [John Martin, bookseller, and printseller, of the London firm of Rodwell & Martin]
3 College Street, Camden Town. 28 March 1831.
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.'
Gérard de Lairesse (1640-1711), 'The Dutch Poussin', painter, engraver and art theorist; Nicolaes Visscher II (1649-1702), Amsterdam printer, publisher and cartographer; Gerard Valck (1651/2-1726)
[Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher II? Gerard Valck? Late seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.]
Most of de Lairesse's plates were, as the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings notes, 'originally published by Nicolaes Visscher, who published a collected edition under the title "Opus Elegantissimum" in c.1675. The BM holds an album bound in vellum containing the Gerard Valck edition of 'Opus Elegantissimum', a selection of numbered etchings by Lairesse and 13 unnumbered etchings and mezzotints by other printmakers (Valck, van den Berghe and Blooteling) after Lairesse'.
Arthur Evershed (1835-1919), Sussex engraver and physician to the Mount Vernon Consumption Hospital, North London [William Cosmo Monkhouse (1840-1901), poet and critic]
On letterhead of 10 Mansfield Villas, Hampstead. 9 February 1883.
1p., 12mo. Fourteen lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He is sorry to have put Monkhouse to 'the trouble of writing', and hopes someday to show him his 'best etchings'. 'I have been exhibiting etchings at R.A. for about 10 years: and my published work has been very favourably noticed in the "Times", "Athenaeum" "Academy" &c. &c.' He is enclosing (not present) an article which 'the Gazette des Beaux Arts' carried on his work, 'so long ago as 1876'.