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Letters from Samuel Palmer, painter and etcher, and George Richmond, portrait painter

 Single Item
MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 5-21
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Comprises the following items:

(fols. 5-16) letters relating to the sale of William Blake's painting, 'The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth', by Palmer to the National Gallery, 1870, comprising:

  1. (fols. 5-8, 11-14) four letters from George Richmond, friend of Palmer, to William Boxall (1800-1879), director of the National Gallery, negotiating on Palmer's behalf
  2. (fols. 9-10) description of the painting by Palmer
  3. (fols. 15-16) letter from Palmer to William Boxall, stating the lowest price he would accept for the painting, 7 Jul 1870

Also comprises:

  1. (fols. 17-18) letter from Palmer to Mrs. George, a friend, advising her not to endanger her health by going out in the cold weather, Mar 1872
  2. (fols. 19-21) letter from Palmer to Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), engraver and etcher, asking for advice on procuring nitrous acid, and including personal information on friends and family, Sept. 1873, with its original envelope, addressed by Palmer's son, A.H. Palmer


  • Creation: 1870-1873


17 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. Eng. c. 7903, fols. 5-21

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6644


Letters from Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), painter and etcher, and George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait painter.

Biographical / Historical

For further biographical information on Samuel Palmer and George Richmond see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bonhams, 29 Mar. 2011, lots 308-310. Sponsored in part by Christopher Heywood and Gillian Cockshut, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct 2011.

Letters from Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), painter and etcher, and George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait painter
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