MONTALBA, Clara. 21348



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Cecil, thanking him for sending a box, and for “the pleasure that is in store for us”. 1 page 6 x 4 inches, fine. 20 Stanley Crescent, 6 September 1886. Clara Federica Montalba RWS (1840 – 1929), artist chiefly known for her watercolour paintings of Venice. She was the eldest of four daughters of the Swedish-born artist Anthony Rubens Montalba, all of whom achieved considerable artistic success, though Clara was arguably the most successful and best-known of the four. Between 1879 and 1889 she exhibited her work at the Grosvenor Gallery, London. An early feminist, in 1886 she was named by Millicent Garrett Fawcett as one of twenty successful and accomplished women who had given “warm help and support” to the movement.