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[copy] George Richmond, 11 Via della Quatre Fontani, Rome, to his parents

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

GRI/3/20

Title

[copy] George Richmond, 11 Via della Quatre Fontani, Rome, to his parents

Date

17 Dec 1837

Level

Item

Extent & medium

16 pieces, 1 envelope

Content Description

Moans about not receiving a letter from them, then apologises for not writing to Tom; Julia is still in good spirits; Tom is very popular; has been to mass in the Sistine Chapel with the Pope; he has been studying the Vatican daily; life classes in the evening, primarily for the English; says that where science and railroads hold primacy in England, in Italy the Arts sweep all before them; talks of the trials of copying fresco; enthuses over the work of Raphael; he hopes Tom will be able to join them; he has not seen any of the modern works but hopes to be introduced to Overbeck; cholera in Rome, Julia's aunt, Mrs. Tatham, saved hundreds of lives in Naples making and distributing medicine; they hope to see Mr. Collins; is thankful for the English church services in the face of such strong Catholicism. Postscript from Julia Richmond , provides details of their domestic situation; she expects her confinement and speaks of the kindness of her aunt and of Mrs. Severn.