[ James John Hornby, Headmaster of Eton College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. J. Hornby') to Sir Richard Harington regarding the portrait just done of him [ by John Collier ].

J. J. Hornby [ James John Hornby ] (1826-1909), Headmaster of Eton College, 1868-1884 [ John Collier (1850-1934), painter ] [ Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lodge, Eton College. 10 December 1897.
SKU: 19903

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter concerns a portrait of Hornby described in Lionel Cust's 'Eton College Portraits' (1909, dedicated to Hornby's memory), as being '56 x 45 inches. Painted by the Hon. John COLLIER, 1897. […] Seated figure to the knees, facing the spectator; in black gown and D.D. Hood. | Presented to the College by Old Etonians. (Provost’s Dining Room.)' Responding to Harington's congratulations, Hornby writes that it is 'a great pleasure to have such kind words from an old friend'. He is 'almost overwhelme by the kindness of friends in this matter of the portrait. We had a very pleasant gathering on Founder's Day, and all went off well.' He continues: 'The portrait is thought to be a very good one. So all may [sic] friends say.' He hopes that Harington will 'come and judge of it' for himself. 'Whenever you are coming up to London, I shall be very glad if you will pay us a visit.' From the Harington family papers. The Harington's had strong connections with Eton, several members being educated there. The eleventh baronet's unpublished reminiscences of his time there are offered separately.