Description: In this self-deprecating letter, Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) wrote to his dear friend Callow - almost certainly the English painter William Callow (1812-1908) - from his home on Argyll Road in London:
"I am not at all a good person. Nevertheless I should be glad to do anything in my power in the case you name... a very shabby amount, however - for being in the first place a poor man, I have also lately had more charitable calls upon me than I am at all able to keep pace with. I will give you the trifle for which I have put down my name when we meet on Monday next." He signed with his typical "Fred W Burton" at the bottom of the second page.
Written on both sides of a small sheet of white writing paper measuring approximately 7" x 4.5". Item #A00821
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, otherwise very good condition.