MACIRONE

[ William Leighton Leitch, Drawing Master to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. L. Leitch') to the pianist and composer Clara Angela Macirone

Author: 
William Leighton Leitch (1804-1883), Scottish watercolour painter, Drawing Master to Queen Victoria [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), pianist and composer ]
Publication details: 
124 Alexandra Rd, St John's Wood [ London ]. 28 November1872.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. A spirited and characteristic letter. He begins by explaining that he has been 'exceedingly tormented with neuralgia for the last week' and is 'still very ill at ease'. He has not been 'out of doors for some time - & tis quite impossible just now'. He regrets 'missing Dear Old Mozart - & seeing you all', but hopes to 'make up for the loss by being most dreadfully pleasant'.

[ Sir Edwin Arnold, author of 'The Light of Asia'. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Edwin Arnold') to 'Miss Macirone', sister of the musician Clara Angela Macirone.

Author: 
Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), English author, best-known for his poem 'The Light of Asia' [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), English pianist and composer ]
Publication details: 
Two on letterhead of the Daily Telegraph, London; one from Sidcup and another from Kensington. Two dated from 1867, the others without years.
£225.00

A total of 15pp., all but one of them 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. Six addressed to 'Miss Macirone' and the other to 'My dear Miss "Rosalind"'. The letters are written in a friendly and cordial tone, as the following two examples indicate. On 24 November 1867 he writes from the Daily Telegraph offices: 'It is very seldom that I am paid so richly for so litle work, as I have been by your kind & charming note, and by the pleasant little packet of blossom fr. Ardennes wh: accompanied it.

[ Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, English composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry R Bishop:') to 'Miss Macirone' (the pianist and composer Clara Angela Macirone), regarding an invitation to one of her concerts.

Author: 
Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), English composer [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), English pianist and composer ]
Publication details: 
'Cambridge Street [ Hyde Park, London ] | Tuesday -' [16 June 1846].
£45.00

1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketted on reverse of second leaf 'Sir H Bishop June 17th/46' (17 June 1846 was a Wednesday, so probably a mistake for the previous day). He is much obliged by her 'kind thought, in sending me a Ticket for you Concert', but it is uncertain whether he will be in London at that time, 'but I wish you, most sincerely, every success'.

[ Richard Redgrave, RA. ] Autograph Note in the third person, and Autograph Letter Signed ('Rich Redgrave'), to Clara Angela Macirone, in the latter complaining of the 'labours' caused by his work on the 1862 International Exhibition in London.

Author: 
Richard Redgrave (1804-1888), RA, artist and art director of the South Kensington Museum [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), pianist and composer; 1862 International Exhibition, London ]
Publication details: 
Note: Mickleham; 5 June 1847. Letter: Kensington; 6 May 1862.
£45.00

Both items in fair condition, on aged paper. NOTE: 1p, 12mo. He thanks her for an invitation to one of her concerts, 'rendered, as it is, more agreeable by the compliment she so agreeably pays to the sister art which he pursues'. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He would have replied sooner to her concert invitation, 'but the arrangement of pictures for the Gt Exhibition occupied my time up to the last moment of opening and has done for many weeks'. He has been 'so wearied with my late work that I am proposing to get away from town for a little rest the very concert day.

[Sabilla Novello, daughter of Vncent Novello.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Macirone' [the composer Clara Angela Macirone], regarding her sister Mary Cowden Clarke's ill-health.

Author: 
Sabilla Novello (1821-1904), singer and author, daughter of Vincent Novello (1781-1861), and sister of Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898), wife of Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877); Clara Angela Macirone
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Villa Novello, via San Giacomo, Genova. 28 May 1878.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. The letter reads: 'My dear Miss Macirone | Mrs. Cowden has recd. your letter, & forwards the enclosure to Clara [the Countess of Gigliucci, another sister]. | Mrs. C. C's hands are so afflicted that she writes with greatest difficulty; so I write for her. We Villa-ites know no one of the name of "Macirone" excepting your own distinguished family. We rejoice to hear you have regained yr. health, & that sweet Minnie is flourishing. We all send kindest remembrances. Excuse gt. haste'.

[Mary Cowden Clarke, writer, daughter of Vincent Novello.] Five Autograph Letters Signed to the pianist Clara Angela Macirone, sending news from Italy, on topics including music, the Risorgimento, the building of Villa Novello, Carlo Poerio.

Author: 
Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898), daughter of Vincent Novello (1781-1861), and wife of Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877), writers and Shakespeare scholars [Clara Angela Macirone]
Publication details: 
Between 1856 and 1879. The first two (1856 and 1859) from Maison Quaglia, au Port, Nice, France; the last three (1864, 1876, 1879) from Villa Novello, Genoa, Italy.
£450.00

Closely and neatly written on five bifoliums. Text totalling 14pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor damage at head of third letter, and wear to extremities of the fourth. The first two letters (1856 and 1859) addressed formally, the third to 'Angela & Minnie', and the fourth and fifth to 'Angela'. She writes the first letter (1856) before her sister Clara's 'approaching visit to England', to thank Macirone for writing to express the pleasure she had received from Charles Cowden Clarke's sister's writing.

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