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[Australia; Art; Panorama; Gold Fields ] Autograph Note Signed ('J. S. Prout') to James S. Lamb, acceding to a request of his.

Author: 
J. S. Prout [ John Skinner Prout ] (1805-1876), English artist who spent eight years in Australia [ Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia ]
Australia
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia, 309 Regent Street (next the Polytechnic). 2 September 1852.
£500.00
Australia

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of grey paper from mounting along one edge on reverse. The letterhead features, at top left, an attractive engraving of an early version of the Australian coat of arms: it consists of a a shield bearing the cross of St George with five stars on it, supported by an emu on the left and kangaroo on the right, with the motto 'Advance Australia' at the foot and a coronet above with a sun rising from it. The note reads: 'Sir | I have much pleasure in acceeding to your request and | Am Sir | Your Obt Servt | J. S. Prout'.

Signed application by John Frederick Lewis, proposing Lord Wharncliffe as a member of 'the artists' and amateurs' conversatzione'. With the signatures of seventeen artists and prominent figures in the art world of Georgian London.

Author: 
The Artists' and Amateurs' Conversazione Society; John Frederick Lewis; George Raphael Ward; William Boxall; Richard Rothwell; James Inskipp; Henry Behnes Burlowe; Charles Harvey Weigall; Scipio Clint
Publication details: 
Feb. 5 1831. 14 Berners St. [London]'
£350.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper, 32 x 20 cm. Laid down on a leaf from an autograph album. In fair condition, aged and dusty with slight wear to extremities. The item is of added interest, dating as it does from the year of the Society's inception. The nine-line application is in the hand of the artist John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), and is addressed to 'Dear Sir' - presumably the final signatory 'Henry Graves. Esq. [1806-1892, printseller] Sec. to the Artists and Amateurs Conversatzion. [sic]'.

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