Description: This letter, written from Burton's London home in 1872, is addressed to his friend Blackburn, with regard to Blackburn's election as a member of the Savile Club - a traditional gentleman's club founded four years earlier. Burton was already a member, and wrote: "I find you are coming on for election at the Savile Club. Pray just let me know by return whether you still wish to join that club, for I have the honour to be either your proposer or your seconder. I forget at this moment which." He signs off "Yours very truly Fred W Burton."
Written on the first two pages of a sheet of Burton's personal stationery, with his "43 Argyll Road, Kensington W" address embossed in blue. The paper measures approximately 6" x 7.5" when unfolded. Item #A00831.
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: Soil, particularly at a center vertical fold, and some light toning to page one. Some smudging/transfer of the ink where Burton did not wait for it to dry before folding and sending his letter. Otherwise in good condition.