Description: In 1850, Frederick William Burton (1816-1900) was a still a resident of his native Ireland, but was exhibiting one of his works at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In this letter, Burton affirms that that particular work (Evening - a Portrait) is not for sale and arranges for its return to Dublin at the end of the exhibition, while also offering his going rate for painting such a portrait:
"Be so good as to inform the gentleman who made enquiry respecting the drawing of mine in the exhibition of the Royal Academy that it is a portrait & is not for sale But if he wishes to know my price for a protrait in water colors - entire length - it is sixty guineas. Will you have the goodness to send to the Academy for the above mentioned drawing as I find Wednesday is the day mentioned for giving out the works. I think I shall be able to get a friend of mine at present in London to bring it to me." He signs "Very faithfully yours Fred W Burton"
Written on three pages of a single sheet of white writing paper. The letter is docketed on page four "F. Burton" and also "Burton Dublin July /50" The letter measures approximately 7" x 9" when unfolded. Item #A00820
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: Lightly soiled, fold lines, pencil notations on pages 1 and 4 made by previous owner. Generally in good condition and quite presentable.