Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. Montague, saying he will attend to her commission when he has the right pencil, discussing family health matters, and his wife’s hard work at Photography. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. 23 Charlotte Street, 15 October 1858. Valentine Bartholomew (1799 – 1879), flower painter. Bartholomew became an early member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours, which he joined in 1835. He had a special talent for flower painting, a branch of art which he pursued with much success, his works being chiefly remarkable for the great care and the large scale on which they were carried out. ‘Azaleas ‘ and “Camellias” are in the South Kensington Museum. Bartholomew held for many years the post of Flower Painter in Ordinary to the Queen from 1837.