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[Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. H. Layard.') to Daniel Maclise, defending the conclusions of the Royal Commission on the wall-paintings in the Palace of Westminster, with regard to Maclise and the other artists.

Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), archaeologist at Nimrud and Nineveh, discoverer of library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal [Daniel Maclise (c.1806-1870), Irish artist; Palace of Westminster]
Publication details: 
130 Piccadilly [London]. 24 October 1864.

A very interesting letter in which a member of a royal commission defends its conclusions on the question of wall-paintings in Westminster Palace, to one of the leading artist engaged in that work.

[Sir Sidney Colvin, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sidney Colvin') to 'Mr. Aldrich' [Stephen John Aldrich], regarding his childhood in Barnes, and some Dutch master paintings Aldrich is thinking of selling.

Sir Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), art and literary critic, Slade Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [Stephen John Aldrich of the British Museum]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 35 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington. 27 January 1918.

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Aldrich is writing from Barnes, and Colvin writes that his address 'takes me back sixty years & more, when my people rented (for the winter of 1855-6) what was then Barnes Manor, - the house & park in a bend of the New River belonging to Lord Truro, - and has since been broken up and converted into Barnes Park.' He declines to visit Aldrich and see the pictures he mentions. 'Your account of them, at least of two of them, is so full & exact as to make a visit scarcely necessary: and these Low-country masters of the 17th century.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'F. Cook' to the Secretary of the French Exhibition in Pall Mall, requesting the return of a painting 'by Mr. L. Veneaux', with reference to Ernest Gambart.

F. Cook of 4 Childs Place, Temple Bar [Ernest Gambart (1814-1902), Belgian-born proprietor of the French Gallery, 120/121 Pall Mall, London]
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4 Childs Place, Temple Bar [London]. 12 April 1860.

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He has been 'requested by Mr. L. Veneaux to desire you to return the Picture (Boulonaise) which was delivered at your Gallery at the last Winter Exhibition but being a French Picture was not Exhibited, but allowed to remain for the French one'. He has already made an application 'in Berners Street and Mr. Gambart said the proper place to apply to was at the Gallery.' Graves claims 'L. Veneaux' as a misprint for 'V. Vemaux' of 30 Piccadilly, who exhibited 'Souvenir of Eguihen, near Boulogne-sur-mer' at the Royal Academy in 1853.

ALS ('Norwick') from the connoisseur John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick, offering to show his art collection to the recipient and his daughter.

John Rushout (1770-1859), 2nd Baron Northwick, English peer and connoisseur
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Connaught Place; 29 June 1832.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Having received the unnamed recipient's letter of the previous day, Northwick will be 'most happy to give effect to your wishes by granting free access to my Pictures to you, & your Daughter, whenever it may be convenient to you to call at Connaught Place'. If the recipient calls before noon Northwick will probably 'have the pleasure of shewing them to you', if he comes after noon, or Northwich 'shd. happen to be from home, my Servants shall receive directions to admit you to see the Paintings'.

A Catalogue of An Important and Valuable Collection of High Class Pictures, The Genuine Property of Thomas Barnsby, Esq. . . . With enclosures.

[[James] Izod, Fine Art Auctioneer]
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Auction Mary, Bartholomew Lane, [London] 13 January 1843.

[12]pp., 8vo, unbound, formerly sewn (sewing not present), chipped, outer pages (and inner in parts) grubby and (front) worn at fold mark with minor loss of text, text otherwise complete. Title continued from above "..."in fine condition among which may be names, A MAGDALEN, CARACCI, A Grand Gallery Picture, Landscape and Figures, Very fine, VERMULEN, A Sea Storm, Vernet . . .". Pencil NOTE on front cover "Call for | letters | Herald | Office | James" (perhaps James = James Izod but I don't see why he should have written such a note on somebody's catalogue).

Autograph Signatures on fragment of document.

Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, John Allnutt of Clapham
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28 November 1843; Clapham.

Vulliamy (1780-1854) was a London clockmaker. Allnutt (1773-1863) was a wealthy wine merchant, a patron of Constable and Turner with a noted collection of paintings. Reads 'B L Vulliamy | Jn Allnutt, Clapham | 28 Nov. 1843'. From a collection of material relating to the Artists' General Benevolent Fund.

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