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Henry Thomson, 15 Newman Street, to Sir Thomas Lawrence, Hotel de Londres, Place Vendome, Paris

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

LAW/4/379

Title

Henry Thomson, 15 Newman Street, to Sir Thomas Lawrence, Hotel de Londres, Place Vendome, Paris

Date

1 Oct 1825

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Content Description

He reports that Lawence's painting by Rembrandt has been placed in the Royal Academy schools in the manner he wished, by Bromhead the carpenter; he talks of major building work on his apartments at the Academy and ruminates on his feelings towards his new position [as Keeper]; he has set the Laocoon as the subject for the premiums and allowed the students extra time, a son of Stothard harangued him about this in "Landseer style"; there are so many candidates for the schools that they are drawing lots for places; he took three weeks in Hampshire, in lieu of Council making a decision about his time off; Mr. Flaxman has been a great help to him setting up the schools, the Secretary and Mr. Smirke Senr. have also helped, as would have Mulready if required; Mrs. Freebairn has lost her son, Lavell, the assistant Porter died the previous day; he is glad to hear good news of Wilkie, which, due to the opinions of others, was unexpected.