SLIEGH, John. 16015



Two Autograph Letters Signed ‘John Sliegh’, to Joseph Williams, the first explaining that he will “be closely engaged upon Lithography until Christmas at least”, the second agreeing “to take up a drawing or two for you.” 2 letters, 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, generally in good condition. 25 Mary Street, Hampstead Road, 29 November 1850 and 6 January 1851. Uncommon. John Sliegh (1819-1881) painter, illustrator and lithographer, remembered as one of the most important book-designers of the mid-Victorian period, and as a specialist in elaborate gilt covers for Christmas gift books. Evidence of his life and work is difficult to locate. In his first letter Sliegh promises: “I shall hold myself free from other wood drawing engagements about which I expect to be sought for.”