[William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Upcott') to the music publisher and collector of Napoleana John Davis Sainsbury, requesting the loan of plates to be engraved by Charles John Smith for Henry Colburn.

William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector [John Davis Sainsbury (b.c.1793), music publisher and Napoleonic collector; Charles John Smith, engraver; Henry Colborn, publisher]
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102 Upper Street, Islington. 18 February 1836.
SKU: 14076

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'J. Sainsbury Esq'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | My friend, Mr Charles Smith, is engaged by Mr. Colborn to engrave the portraits of Sir Hudson Lowe, Madame Bertrand and M. Bertrand - if you could favour him with the loan of either of these prints - he will readily add to your immense collection proof from the plates in return for theh favour.' For more information about Sainsbury, see Leanne Langley's 'Sainsbury's Dictionary, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Rhetoric of Patriotism', in the festschrift for Cyril Ehrlich, 'Music and British Culture 1785-1914' (2000).