Autograph Letter Signed ‘H.P.Parker’, to Henry Mogford, the exhibition organiser at Crystal Palace, asking when the current season closes “and when I can expect my contributions to be returned to me”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, neatly laid down and mounted on part album leaf. 25 Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, 5 November 1857, Henry Perlee Parker (1785–1873) was an artist who specialised in portrait and genre paintings. He made his mark in Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1820s through patronage by wealthy landowners and through paintings of large-scale events of civic pride. Over a period of forty years his work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution in London. Coastal scenes of fisherfolk and smugglers were a popular specialism. Through the distribution and sale of mezzotint prints of subjects such as William and Grace Darling Going to the Rescue of the SS Forfarshire, Parker became one of the north-east’s best-known nineteenth-century artists.