WOOLNOTH, Thomas. 16932



Autograph Letter Signed, requesting a letter of recommendation to the Keeper of the Collection at the National Gallery, hoping that he and his son can be admitted to draw, sending his correspondent “a proof of your portrait & a pair of proofs of the Ecce Homo & Madonna which I have recently published”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Bayswater, 26 December 1827. Uncommon. Thomas Alfred Woolnoth (1785–1857), English engraver. He was known for his portraits of theatre people. He also painted, and engraved works of Correggio and Van Dyck. Woolnoth was engraver to Queen Victoria. A pupil of Charles Heath, he contributed steel engravings to E.W. Brayley and J. Britton’s The History of the Ancient Palace and Late Houses of Parliament at Westminster (1836), Heath’s Gallery (1836), Finden’s Tableaux (1837), J. Wilson and R. Chambers’s The Land of Burns (1840), G.N. Wright’s Gallery of Engravings (1844-46), and The Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Poets (1853). He also engraved from his own designs, furnishing both drawings and engravings for Sarah Bowditch’s Juvenile Album (1841), and for his own Flowers of Infancy (1839), Facts and Faces (1852), and The Study of the Human Face (1865).