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Letters, ca. 1790-1844.

Author: Thomas Phillips
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The collection comprises one receipt and 14 letters sent by the painter Thomas Phillips to various persons between ca. 1790 and 1844. The correspondents include J.G. Lambton, Earl of Durham, the Baronet Everard Home, P. Lupton, Sir Thomas Lawrence(?), William Brockedon, the Trustees of the National Gallery, and the framers Criswick & Lepard.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Named Person: Thomas Phillips; Thomas Phillips; Thomas Phillips; Thomas Phillips; Thomas Phillips; Thomas Phillips; H Bicknell; William Brockedon; Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux, Baron; John George Lambton Durham, Earl of; George O'Brien Wyndham Egremont, Earl of; Everard Home, Sir; Thomas Lawrence, Sir; P Lupton
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Phillips
OCLC Number: 145987053
Description: 15 items.

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The collection comprises one receipt and 14 letters sent by the painter Thomas Phillips to various persons between ca. 1790 and 1844. The correspondents include J.G. Lambton, Earl of Durham, the Baronet Everard Home, P. Lupton, Sir Thomas Lawrence(?), William Brockedon, the Trustees of the National Gallery, and the framers Criswick & Lepard.

The earliest letter was written by Phillips at the very beginning of his artistic career to a Col. Trumbul. He is sending an order for $6.10 from Mr. Hughes for his "labour in boasting a pedestal," and asks for a prompt payment because "I have not a single cent to purchase food for my family, having lost so much time by working to serve Mr. Hughes" (n.d., ca. 1790). A receipt from 9/28/1793 confirms the payment of £6.10 by a Mr. Poggi for a copy after a "Portrait of Gen. Washington."

On 7/7/1810 Phillips sends a nobleman admission cards to his lectures, speaking with great modesty about the "little" he has published.

The artist writes to J.G. Lambton, earl of Durham, asking permission to copy the "Portrait of Lord Gray" in his possession, at the request of Lord Fitzwilliam. He then describes the portrait of Lord Brougham which he had just begun (6/26/1819).

On 3/2/1822 Phillips informs the Baronet Everard Home that he has seen "the picture which may be Vesalius, but certainly is not Titian. It is an original picture", and if it is "the portrait of the renowned man ... it is well worth the 36 guineas demanded."

In December 1824 the artist complains to his friend P. Lupton about the long delay of a plate and his need of prints. In another letter from Dec. 1840 he sends a request for a "subscription plate of the usual size for a Kit-cat," and wants to know the price.

On 1/5/30 Phillips informs Sir Thomas [Lawrence?] about the proceedings for the election of the President of the Society of Artists of Great Britain, which he hopes Sir Thomas will accept to be.

In a letter written while he was the Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy (1824-1832), Phillips complains at length about his difficulties with the engravers over the proofs of "The Knitting Girl." (n.d.)

The artist writes to William Brockedon asking to postpone a meeting to accommodate Lord Durham. [1832?]

A letter to the editors of his Lectures on the History and Principles of Painting delivered during his teaching at the Academy specifies the number of copies and the binding details he wants for himself and for Earl Egremont (10/9/1833).

On 6/30/1842 Phillips sends to the Trustees of the National Gallery an offer to donate the "Portrait of Sir David Wilkie," painted by him in 1829.

An undated letter to a nobleman is related to a trip with others through Yarmouth towards Gislings.

In a note sent on 11/29/42 to the framers Criswick & Lepard in New Compton street, Soho, Mr. Phillips asks to see the frame prepared for Mr. Greenall's picture, as he "always likes to see his pictures in their frames before he lets them go from him."

A note to H. Bicknell, written one year before Phillips' death, confirms receipt of a check of £6.10 "for 6 dozen Sherry." (Apr.9, 1844)

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