Description: In March of 1849, Burton wrote this letter from his home in Dublin, to clarify and expand on a previous discussion with regard to framing his art: "I certainly meant four inches of margin all round as your people supposed...I shall be glad if they have not added the 1/2 inch, as on second thought, I think the 4 inches will be at least sufficient... The frames will be very large, I fear, therefore I should not wish that their expense were increased in proportion to the marginal addition - particularly as such large plates of glass will be costly."
Burton carries on with a discussion of his longtime, strong preference for "patent plate" glass "because, although it is not devoid of colour, & is indeed inclined to be dark, yet it is not in general so cold as the real plate, & is also not liable to contract a sort of white waxy efflorescence like the latter... I have had some very fine patent plate with very little colour & rather warm, from the house of Chance at Birmingham, indeed such I considered better than Tplate because thinner." - while remaining conscious of the cost of his choices -- "...as the frames will not belong eventually to me," suggesting the use of true plate if it was of good enough quality, since there had been a "late reduction in its price."
Written on all four pages of a single sheet of plain white writing paper; Burton signed at the very bottom of page four, "Faithfully yours, Fred W Burton." Measures approximately 7.25" x 9" when unfolded. Item #A00881
Burton was well-regarded Irish artist who worked almost exclusively in chalk and water color. His The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted Ireland's favorite painting in 2012. In 1874 Burton gave up creating his own works and spent the next twenty years as Director of the National Gallery in London, acquiring some of the collection's greatest highlights.
Condition: Fold lines; light soil, particularly on page one; traces of mounting at left edge. Generally in good condition and a rare look at this significant aspect of an artist's work.