Sir John Everett Millais

Millais, Sir John Everett

Maler (1829-1896). Autograph letter signed. Wohl London. 30.03.1882. 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 908 / 850 € (32297/BN23338)

To an unnamed addressee: "Dear Sir, I have every inclination to assist you, but my difficulty is to obtain a picture. The possessors of my works have so often obliged me in lending pictures for London and Country exhibitions that they are tired of obliging me [...] I will however endeavor to induce some of my friends to help you [...]". - On stationery with embossed address and black border; with stamp of the "Autograph Collection of Dr. Max Thorek | Chicago"; the reverse of f. 2 with small traces of former mounting;

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Millais writes to Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In part: “In looking over some very beautiful unpublished wood engravings from Birket Foster it occurred to me how valuable it would be if they could be published with some half dozen descriptive lines of yours…The illustrations are certainly the very best rendering of English landscape in engraving I have seen…worthy of something better than a hodgepodge of poets…I should have sent you the drawings of Mrs. Tennyson.” Light intersecting horizontal and vertical folds, lower right corner crease, some toning to the first page, and show-through from text on opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. Tennyson would eventually decline and Tom Taylor wrote the text for Birket Foster's Pictures of English Landscape.