Description: This brief letter from Burton is a guarantee to Mrs. Noseda, a London art dealer and print publisher, that he will pass along money owed to her by his friend and fellow artist, Joseph J. Jenkins (1811-1885), the next time he sees her:
"My dear Noseda, I have £1.1 for you from Jenkins, member of the S.P.W.C. [Society of Painters in Watercolours]. Will you, pray, send a receipt to J.J. Jenkins, Esq., 35 Upper Charlotte St, Fitzroy Square, holding me accountable for the guinea, which I will give you when I see you next." He signs, "Ever yours, F.W. Burton."
There is a brief, tangential post-script on page three, which reads "Holland tells me Paget gave you £25 the other day - subdued by your eloquence." The reference is unclear without context, but it seems perhaps a member of the Paget family owed Mrs. Noseda money and had previously declined to pay, but was persuaded to do so by an eloquent argument.
Written on a single sheet of Burton's black-bordered stationery, with his "43 Argyll Road, Kensington W" address embossed at the top of page one. Measures approximately 6.13" x 7.75" when unfolded. Item #A00880
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, short separation at the bottom of the vertical fold. Generally in very good condition.