Autograph Letter Signed, about the completion of an engraving block, the difficult hunt for the small portraits required, hoping his correspondent approves the drawing. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, with a few lines and signature overleaf. Oakley Cottage, 31 December 1850. “… it would not do to ask a person to sit for a portrait the size of a pea.” George Housman Thomas (1824 –1868), engraver, illustrator and painter. In 1846 he went to the United States to illustrate a New York City paper, and remained there about two years. During this time he obtained a commission from the government of the United States to design banknotes. He was present at the siege of Rome by the French in 1849, and sent sketches of the siege to the Illustrated London News.