NEWTON, Gilbert Stuart. 13982

£75

Description

Autograph Letter Signed [apparently to Allan Cunningham], discussing the engraving of a picture, which will be ready as soon as the exhibition closes, unless Lord Chesterfield wants it at home before then, saying that his engagements are such that he is unable “to furnish you with another subject unelss something already done should chance to suit you”. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, small split to centrefold repaired, in good condition. Gt. Marlboro Street, undated. Uncommon. Gilbert Stuart Newton (1795-1835), English artist with an American background. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1818, sending portraits in that and the five following years, including one of Washington Irving, with whom he had become acquainted through Leslie. In 1823 he exhibited at the royal academy ‘Don Quixote in his Study,’ the first of the subject-pictures drawn from poetry or romance with which his name was subsequently identified. It was followed by ‘M. de Pourceaugnac, or the Patient in Spite of Himself (1824), ‘The Dull Lecture ‘ (1825), and ‘Captain Macheath upbraided by Polly and Lucy’ (1826); this last picture was purchased by the Marquis of Lansdowne, who also collected at Bowood ‘The Vicar of Wakefield reconciling his Wife to Olivia’ (1828) and ‘Polly Peachum.’ Two pictures, ‘The Forsaken’ and ‘ The Lover’s Quarrel,’ were engraved in The Literary Souvenir for 1826, with verses by Miss L. E. Landon; the latter was in the Dover House collection, and, with ‘The Adieu’ and another picture by Newton, was sold at Christie’s on 6 May 1893. ‘The Prince of Spain’s Visit to Catalina’ (1827) was purchased by the Duke of Bedford and engraved in ‘The Literary Souvenir’ for 1831.