[Charles Napier Hemy, RA, marine artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Napier Hemy') to 'Cope' [i.e. Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope], featuring two humorous self-portraits, complaining about 'family uproar' over his new beard and doctor's orders.

Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917), RA, marine artist, leader of the Falmouth School [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Churchfield, Falmouth. 8 December 1912.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A gentle, humorous and characteristic letter to a friend, featuring two self-portraits. (Hemy and Cope had been elected to the Royal Academy on the same day, 4 May 1910.) The letter begins with some doggerel by Hemy, dressed up by him as a quotation from a '16 Cent[ur]y song': 'My youthful years are past | My dining days are done | My life it may not last | For me there's no more fun.

[Printed poster.] Wonders of Many Lands. Burton's "Old Curiosity Shop." The African Room. Savage and Civilized Products. Glimpses of the World.

'A Californian Wanderer' [John Burton (1839-1907); Burton's 'Old Curiosity Shop', Falmouth, Cornwall]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from The Cornishman, Thursday April 30th., 1891.' [Burton's 'Old Curiosity Shop', Falmouth, Cornwall]

A native of Scotland, Burton set up a china business in Falmouth in 1862, but soon turned to the sale of unusual items from around the world, purchased from sailors, his shop acquiring an international reputation and royal patronage. Printed on one side of a piece of pink paper, 38 x 25.5cm. A frail survival, on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with loss and chipping to the margins, and a few closed tears, but with the text complete.

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