Description: Burton writes from his Kensington Home in March 1867, to a colleague, saying "I return the proof, having shown it to the committee yesterday. It is generally approved of & the committee agree with my idea that it would be improved by cutting away the lines indicating the canopy - the niche- both above & below. i have cut out the paper to correspond with the true vertical line of the figure - or nearly so - & although this causes the horizontal lines of the base to fall a little out, yet I that will hardly be observed - and at all events it is of less consequence than the figure should be properly balanced."
He carries on to give more feedback from the committee, particularly regarding the angle of the eye and the mantle, where it is "gathered up under the right arm." He closes by inquiring whether his "figure is to be printed in the text or separately - & if the latter, who is to print it." He signs off, "I am, dear Sir, faithfully yours Fred W Burton."
Written on a all four pages of a sheet of plain white writing paper measuring approximately 7" x 9". Item #A00841
Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) 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: Some paper loss and a short tear at the top of pages 3/4 due to careless removal from an album page (no loss of text). Otherwise in good condition with fantastic insight into art critiquing.