[C.R.Leslie, painter] Autograph Letter Signed CR Leslie to [Mr Gardiner? Collector?] inviting Gardiner's wife presumably to visit to learn about models, etc.

C.R. Leslie [Charles Robert Leslie RA (1794 – 1859), genre painter]
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2 Abercorn Place, St John's Wood, 16 Feb. 1852.
SKU: 23352

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition, docketed on p.[4] 1852 | C R Leslie RA. He extends an invitiation for Mrs Gardiner to visit before two oclock when he will with pleasure give her such information and assistance as I can respecting models. He continues with insights into his own works: My faces & figures are sometimes painted from firends, sometimes from members of my own family but [some?] often from hired models, who do not, however, supply [dresses?]. These I make up as I can, & sometimes borrow them from Nathan in [?] Street [theatrical costumier?]. | Many thanks for your kind compliance with my request for the loan of some of your beautiful Constables. If you could allow the 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Garden' to take the place of one or two of those you mention, I should feel greatly obliged;- but I hope soon to have the pleasure of waiting on you, and therefore [?] you will not be [at?] the trouble of writing about it.