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Thomas Woolner letter to John Frederick Lewis, 1874 November 22

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 8
Call Number: MSS 53

Scope and Contents

"Nov 22 '74. My dear Mr Lewis, A letter from you comes like the sun thro' this dingy abomination called fog. It would have shocked me had I known such an idea as coming here this weather had even entered your head as a possibility. So far as I am concerned, election to R. A-ship is a point of no great consequence, as I care nothing for fancy titles, and do not like my time to be taken up by Council meetings, and A.R.A.-ship suits me very well indeed, as I get most of the fun and only a little of the work; indeed none, except teaching in the Life School, which I like. But whether I am elected or whether I am not, I would rather have had your kind and hearty letter, or your solitary vote, than nearly the whole voting of the Academy without it, or with yours in antagonism. - I am delighted to know that you can still work a little, but it is very sad to think of your not being able to walk about comfortably. - I was going off to Venice tomorrow, but the friend with whom I travel caught a sore throat and now I have to wait till his Dr lets him off. - Except a fortnight in the spring in Paris with my wife I have had no holiday this year and begin to feel stupid from constant work on monstrous statues. - I gave your message to my wife; she was greatly pleased and told me whatever I said in return to "imply admiration" - for you must know that she is as great an enthusiast for your work as I am myself. Hoping for you all good, every truly yours T. Woolner." See: Thomas Woolner, R.A., sculptor and poet, page 300.


  • 1874 November 22


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter, signed ; 18 x 23 cm, folded to 18 x 12 cm

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The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


With blind-embossed letterhead: 29, Welbeck Street. W.

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