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THOMAS LAWRENCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 18751

THOMAS LAWRENCE. ALS: "Thos. Lawrence", 3p, 4½x7¼. Russell Square, [Bloomsbury, London], no year September 12. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "My dear Sir

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THOMAS LAWRENCE. ALS: "Thos. Lawrence", 3p, 4½x7¼. Russell Square, [Bloomsbury, London], no year September 12. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "I owe you many thanks with [illegible] esteem for your kind remembrance of me in this gratifying Present. You have judged rightly in thinking that I should prefer it in a defective, rather than altered state. You may fully rely on hearing from me at the time you mention I will owe to you that this short Interval is useful to me, if it be not inconvenient to you - will the 30th be not too late? I should much like to show you a work of mine that at least you have not lately seen, if you can favor me with a call before you go tomorrow, into the City. But your readiness to oblige me must not lead you out of your way, when business of importance may claim your attention. Believe me to remain, My dear Sir, most faithfully yours". Russell Square, in Bloomington, London, is near the main buildings of the University of London and the British Museum and was where Lawrence's studio was located. Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) was one of the foremost English portrait painters of his day. One of the first English painters to find popularity in Europe, his subjects included Lady Peel, Pope Pius VII and members of the royal families of Britain and Europe. Lawrence, whose students included Thomas Sully, succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as the principal painter for King George III in 1792 and was knighted by the King in 1815. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1794 and served as the Academy's President from 1820-1830. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Lightly soiled, stained at lower blank edge of all 3 pages. ¼x½-inch paper loss at lower left blank margin of signature page, which has light paper loss at mid-left blank edge. Chipped at upper horizontal fold on signature page. Pencil erasures at upper margin of first page. Overall, fine condition.

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