[Joseph William Allen, landscape painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. W. Allen') to his pupil the artist Edward John Cobbett

Joseph William Allen (1803-1852), landscape painter, President of Society of British Artists and drawing master of City of London School [his pupil Edward John Cobbett (1815-1899); Liscard Hall]
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'Liscard Hall. | near Egremont | Cheshire.' Undated.
SKU: 14256

2pp., 4to. Aged and creased, mounted in windowpane on leaf removed from album. Liscard Hall was built for the former Mayor of Liverpool and slave-ship captain Sir John Tobin. Allen writes that since arriving there he has 'painted too little subjects', and that he has 'a wish' to 'leave them behind me - but not unframed - size of Pictures 16in: x 12in:' If Cobbett does not have 'two tolerable frames of that size' he asks him to order two: 'I do not require the "best double distilled - extra hyper - superfine" - but something tolerably good looking'. He asks for letters to be addressed to him at 'Mr W. Bright's| 11 Covent Garden | Liverpool'. He complains that he has made few sketches, as the weather has been 'either wet or blazing hot in this neighbourhood'. He concludes: 'I want to start for the north of Yorkshire but am desirous of seeing these things finished in their frames before I am off'.