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1 Landseer, John, Edwin, Thomas. Landseer Archive.

A small collection of images and autograph material from four members of the prominent Landseer family of artists, John (1769-1852), his sons Thomas (1795-1880), Charles (1799-1879) and Edwin (1802-1873). John Landseer: Autograph Letter, Signed. Dated Foley Street, 17 May, no year, “Dear Sir”, apologizing for a mix-up, but perhaps it would be a bad thing to go ahead with the plan: “I really think that for you to send A.D. Norwich would only fruitlessly hinder the plate…..it would only appear to the Norwich men a mere copy, and where is the purpose of sending a copy?”. One page, about 80 words, two horizontal folds, mounting adhesions to one back edge. John Landseer was a painter, engraver, and author. With his wife, who once posed for Sir Joshua Reynolds, he fathered four children who gained recognition for their art - three sons and a daughter. Plus: Thomas Landseer, Autograph Letter, signed, No date, to Messrs Graves and Warmsley, London print-sellers, active from 1841-1843. Asking them to take on an engraving he has done, and sending an impression of it, “that my brother Edwin has seen and likes very much.” After 1843 Graves continued on his own, becoming London’s most prominent seller of prints of the greatest artists of the time. To Edwin Landseer alone, he paid more than 50,000 pounds for copyrights. Thomas Landseer, “a master of all methods of engraving on metal”, was especially busy with his brother Edwin’s work. One sheet folded to make four pages, two are used. Plus: Carte de Visite, Thomas Landseer. Imprint of Elliott and Fry, London. He is about 70, bust portrait. Mounting adhesions to the back of the card, Very Good. Plus: Charles Landseer, painter of historical themes, carte de visite, imprint of John and Charles Watkins, in Fine condition; Plus: Sir Edwin Landseer, Two Autograph Letters, signed, and an Autograph Envelope, signed. Letter 1: Dated June 30, 1838. Landseer regrets that it was impossible to receive his correspondent, and hopes to see him before he returns home. He accepts "...the commission for your friend - I feel highly flattered by his desire to possess a picture from my hand, which I will execute as soon as possible....I hope my picture may arrive in America sooner than Mr. (illegible) expects...". One sheet, folded to make four pages, all are used. Folded as though for mailing, a Very Good letter. Letter 2: Dated March 31, 1844. Acknowledging payment of "...one hundred guineas for a picture in progress to be finished in 1844 for Mr. (illegible). One page, folded as though for mailing. Very Good. Envelope: Empty envelope addressed and signed in his hand, calling card size, to Mr. Sully, Esq., 46 Marlborough Mall. Remains of sealing wax, Very Good. Plus: carte de visite of Edwin, bust portrait, imprint of George W. Thorne, New York. Card a little toned, Very Good. Edwin Landseer, “the most popular artist of his time”, was in great demand, especially for pictures of animals in farm, sporting, and wilderness settings. He was knighted by the Queen in 1850 (most of the above from DNB). For the eight Landseer items: 
Price: 500.00 USD
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