Autograph Letter Signed, to “My dear Cooke” [probably Edward William Cooke, marine painter], about the ballot for C.L.Eastlake [Charles Locke Eastlake (1836 –1906), architect and furniture designer] at the Athenaeum, warning against some mischief and prejudice among the membership, and requesting him to attend the Ballot. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, some paper adhering to the blank verso of the second leaf, where formerly mounted. 14 Welbeck Street, 14 February 1873. Sir William Boxall RA (1800 –1879), English painter and museum director. Between 1827 and 1845 he made a number of trips to Italy to study the old masters. Initially hoping to make his name as a history painter, Boxall later had to turn to the more lucrative genre of portraiture. Among his friends were William Wordsworth, whose portrait he painted, the sculptor John Gibson and the painter Sir Edwin Landseer. He was the executor of the will of Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, his predecessor as Director of the National Gallery.