Autograph Letter Signed ‘John Pye’ to Mr. White, sending “receipts for six of the first 50 proofs of the plate of the Wolf & Lamb …” 1 page 9 x 7 inches, folded, with the integral address leaf (creased and torn). 42 Cirencester Place, 28 July 1824. John Pye (1782-1874), landscape engraver. In 1801 John Pye went to London with his cousin, William Radclyffe, and became a paid assistant of James Heath, to whom his elder brother was articled. He was employed on works of natural history and in engraving the backgrounds of book illustrations. Pye made a career of illustrations to popular annuals and pocket-books. In 1830, at the request of John Sheepshanks, he undertook the publication of a series of engravings from pictures in the National Gallery during the 1830s. He retired in 1858.