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[James Northcote], London. to [Samuel Northcote]

RA Collection: Archive

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Reference code

NOR/4

Title

[James Northcote], London. to [Samuel Northcote]

Date

23 Aug 1771

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Content Description

He has settled with Dr. Farr over the purchase of prints; he called on Mr. Edwards at the Royal College of Physicians, but didn't think his drawings as good as the etchings in his book; James Yonge and Mr. Wingfield's family are his only friends, he has no time for sociability; the other pupils say he has more to do with Sir Joshua than any previous pupil; he details the colours used by Sir Joshua and his methods, he asks their father's advice on varnish as Sir Joshua's tends to crack; his lodgings are "almost like the country"; visited Mr. Wilson, whose fondness of electricity spoils his painting. he sowed Northcote a history picture of Lord Clive and the Nabob [Nawab of Bengal]; comments on life in London; says that he now draws from the antique at the Royal Academy; he asks his family for questions to ask Sir Joshua, who only provides advice when queried.