FRITH

[ William Powell Frith invites Sir Edwin Landseer to 'tea-supper smoke-whist'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. P. Frith') from Frith to Landseer, inviting him to an evening with 'a few artists & others'.

Author: 
W P. Frith [ William Powell Frith ] (1819-1909), RA, Victorian genre painter [ Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), painter and sculptor, mainly of animals
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 10 Pembridge Villas, Bayswater, W. [ London ] 13 March 1862.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor damage in margin at the gutter of the second leaf caused by removal from stub. Addressed to 'Sir Edwin Landseer RA | &c &c'. A week from the writing of the letter Frith is expecting 'a few artists & others to tea-supper smoke-whist &c'. He explains that the group usually meets 'about eight supper at ten or half past. We should all be pleased if you can be induced to give us the pleasure of your company.

[ Lord Hobhouse on Titian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hobhouse') [ to Sir George Newnes, editor the Strand Magazine ], offering an article inspired by W. P. Frith's comments on 'Titians exquisite work' [ Sacred and Profane Love ].

Author: 
Arthur Hobhouse, 1st Baron Hobhouse [ Lord Hobhouse ] (1819-1904), judge and legal reformer [ William Powell Frith (1819-1909), artist; Sir George Newnes (1851-1910), editor of the Strand Magazine ]
Publication details: 
Charlton House, Portbury, Bristol. 8 August 1900.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Although unnamed, the recipient Sir George Newnes, editor of the Strand Magazine, which in August 1900 had published William Powell Frith's comments on Titian's 'Sacred and Profane Love' in its 'World's Greatest Paintings' series. Hobhouse begins: 'Sir, | My eye has been caught by the interesting and finely illustrated article in your August number on Paintings. With regard to the popular title of Titians exquisite work (p. 193) I am glad to see that Mr. Frith is as dissatisfied as I could wish.

[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.

Autograph Letter Signed by the dramatist George Rose, both in his own name and that of his pseudonym 'Arthur Sketchley', to 'My dear Frith', on the death of his brother.

Author: 
George Rose [pseud. 'Arthur Sketchley'] (1817-1882), dramatist, novelist, and humorous entertainer
Publication details: 
96 Gloucester Place, Portman Square [London]. 22 June [post 1874].
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on mourning paper watermarked 'JOYNSON | 1874'. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter, signed 'George Rose', covers both sides of the first leaf, with the following written lengthwise on the recto of the second leaf: 'Yrs very truly | [signed] Arthur Sketchley'. He informs Frith that the 'long impending blow has fallen' on him, and that his 'very dear brother died on Wednesday last & will be buried tomorrow'. He would 'willingly send on some autographs', but cannot lay his hand on any. 'I am sorry to be able only to send as pr opposite page', i.e.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W P Frith') from the artist William Powell Frith [W. P. Frith] to an unnamed correspondent [Lawrence Alma Tadema?], regarding a forthcoming lecture by the 'Punch' cartoonist and novelist George du Maurier.

Author: 
William Powell Frith [W. P. Frith] (1819-1909), English genre painter [George du Maurier (1834-1896), 'Punch' cartoonist and author of 'Trilby'; Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Victorian artist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ashenhurst, 7 Sydenham Rise, SE [London]. 13 May 1892.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightl-aged paper. He regrets that 'absence from London' will prevent him from 'attending the lecture' of his 'old friend Dumaurier', to whom he wishes 'every possible success'. He thanks the recipient for 'the compliment implied' in his invitation. On 25 May 1892 The Times reports a lecture that day at 'Prince's Hall: Mr. Du Maurier on "Social Pictorial Satire," Mr. Alma-Tadema, R.A., in the chair, 9.'

Poster for English publication of the score of Donizetti's opera 'La Favorite' ['The Favourite'].

Author: 
Gaetano Donizetti [Charles Jefferys and Co., 21 Soho Square]
Publication details: 
Undated, but circa 1843.
£60.00

Roughly twelve and half inches by nine and a quarter. Neatly mounted on piece of cream paper, with surrounding ink rules. Good, with some ruckling and wear to corners. Characteristically arresting arrangement of type. Reads: 'CAUTION. | THE ONLY CORRECT COPY | OF DONIZETTI'S OPERA | THE FAVOURITE | AS PERFORMED IN ENGLISH AT THE | THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE, | IS PUBLISHED BY | JEFFERYS AND CO.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Francis'.

Author: 
Walter Charles Horsley
Publication details: 
5 July 1904; 6 Bedford Gardens, West.
£36.00

English artist (1855-1934) of the oriental school, a member of a family whose papers are in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Two pages, 12mo. Very good, though grubby and on paper discoloured with age. He thanks her for her note and is sorry that she 'should have had any trouble about the bundles' Has heard 'on all hands that the Bargain went off extremely well', and hopes 'it was as financially successful'. 'The Egyptian called on me to-day and seemed much pleased with himself.' Hopes he 'behaved and acquitted himself well.' Signed 'Walter C Horsley'.

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