[Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. H. Layard.') to Daniel Maclise, defending the conclusions of the Royal Commission on the wall-paintings in the Palace of Westminster, with regard to Maclise and the other artists.

Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), archaeologist at Nimrud and Nineveh, discoverer of library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal [Daniel Maclise (c.1806-1870), Irish artist; Palace of Westminster]
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130 Piccadilly [London]. 24 October 1864.

A very interesting letter in which a member of a royal commission defends its conclusions on the question of wall-paintings in Westminster Palace, to one of the leading artist engaged in that work.

[ Hormuzd Rassam, Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and diplomat. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Rassam') to 'Mrs. Williams', regarding 'Mr. Layard's autograph' and his own book.

Hormuzd Rassam (1828-1910), Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and British diplomat
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Ailsa Park Lodge, Twickenham. 24 July 1875.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin stain from mount at head. He is enclosing 'Mr. Layard's Autograph which I have promised you.' He is sorry to inform her that he has 'lent my Book to some friend who has not returned it.' He will send it to her when he gets it back. In his youth Rassam had worked for the British archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard ()1817-1894), and the two remained friends for life.

[ Sir Austen Henry Layard, English archaeologist, excavator of Nimrud and Nineveh. ] Autograph Signature ('A. H. Layard').

Sir Austen Henry Layard [ Sir A. H. Layard ] (1817-1894), English archaeologist, excavator of Nimrud and Nineveh, and discoverer of the library of Ashurbanipal
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Place and date not stated.

On 5 x 9.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, slightly smudged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse. Reads: 'Lateran. We shall be there to meet you. | Yours very truly | A. H. Layard'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('G. S. Layard') to Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Gaskell.

George Somes Layard (1857-1925), English biographical author; Shirley Brooks (1816-74), editor of 'Punch'
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9 August 1906; on letterhead 'BULLS CLIFF, FELIXSTOWE.'

Four pages, 12mo. Very good on lightly aged paper. Docketed by Gaskell at head of first page 'This letter is written to myself in reply to my offer of the loan of 91 Shirley Brooks' letters. | J. B. Gaskell'. Acknowledges the receipt of the letters which Gaskell has 'so generously' placed at his disposal, and assures him that they will be 'treated with the greatest care' and returned as soon as possible, together with the photograph of 'Epicurus Rotundus' (Brooks's pen name), 'which is new to me'. Asks for 'any reminiscences, hearsay or otherwise of S. B.

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