Description: Benjamin West sent this autograph letter signed from his Newman Street home in London to Jonathan Russell, at the time the US Ambassador to London. He writes: "I hope for the honour of seeing you at the Royal Academy agreeable to the inclosed [sic] card which I beg you to accept. In the course of next week I am in hopes of paying my respects to you. and I am with great respects Dear Sir yours with sincerity." Written on a 6" x 8" full sheet of plain stationery, folded in half. Item #A00338
An American expatriate in London, Benjamin West (1738-1820) was named Historical Painter to the Court of King George III. Thanks to that position he was a co-founder of the Royal Academy; he is best remembered for his larger-scale historical and religious works.
Condition: There are old tape repairs to separations at the center fold (the top separation is not entirely closed), though they do not affect the presentation, and a contemporary ink splot under the word "inclosed." Generally very good.