THEED

[William Theed the younger English sculptor.] First part of Autograph Letter [to James Silk Buckingham], written from Rome, describing work on his bust and two commissions from Queen Victoria.

Author: 
William Theed the younger (1804-1891), English sculptor who studied in Rome under Thorvaldsen and Tenerani, and worked on the Albert Memorial [James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855), MP and journalist]
Publication details: 
9 Vicolo dell'Incurabili [sic], Rome; 12 December 1846.
£120.00

An interesting letter from a leading Victorian sculptor, describing his methods while executing a bust of the recipient of the letter - the author, orientalist and editor and founder of the Athenaeum magazine James Silk Buckingham - and also describing work on a commission 'for the Queen'. The background to the letter is as follows. Theed had gone to Rome in 1826. He is believed to have studied there under Thorvaldsen and Tenerani, as well as John Gibson and Richard James Wyatt.

[ Lord Cardwell on the statue for Sydney, Australia, of the Prince Consort by William Theed. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cardwell') to 'Young', regarding the statue of Prince Albert by William Theed for erection in Sydney, Australia.

Author: 
Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell [ Lord Cardwell ] (1813-1886), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for War who introduced the Cardwell Reforms [ William Theed (1804-1891), sculptor ]
Publication details: 
Colonial Office [ Whitehall ]. 7 April 1865.
£135.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed 'Private'. Begins: 'I don't know how the P[rince]. Consort Statue got into the hands of the Duke & Engleheart. | But poor Theed, who is short of money, keeps coming to me. Can you help me to give him an answer?' He gives the sum of money Theed has been paid, and suggests that 'there is still money in the Colony. The statue was erected in 1866 and was originally located at the entrance to the Lover’s Walk, the central north-south axis of Hyde Park, but now stands in Barracks Square, Macquarie Street.

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