[ Laura Starr Canziani, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Laura Canziani') to the wife of the physician Sir W. H. Allchin, regarding an invitation and her husband's return from Paris.

Louisa Starr Canziani [ Louisa Canziani ] (1845-1909), artist, the first woman to win a gold medal for history painting at the Royal Academy (1867) [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
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On letterhead of 3 Kensington Palace Green, W. [ London ] 12 June [ no year ].
SKU: 20427

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She apologises for having missed Mrs Allchin's 'party at the Prince's Hall', as she had to meet her husband 'in Paris on his way home from Italy, and we were detained there longer than we had expected'. She had hoped that they both could have attended the party, but they were 'detained there longer than we had expected'. Louisa Starr married the civil engineer and industrialist Enrico Canziani (1848-1931) in Dover in 1882. She had an advanced attitude to life and work (for example she removed the words 'and obey' from the marriage service), and it was decided that she would continue to live and work in England, and that he would be the one to move. He settled in England, but as much of his business was in Italy he continued to visit at least three times a year.