We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.

The RA is closed due to coronavirus restrictions, and will reopen when government guidance allows. For ticket enquiries, please contact us at 020 7300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk.

James Northcote, to Samuel Northcote, Plymouth

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 8 of 61 in this group

Reference code



James Northcote, to Samuel Northcote, Plymouth


[29 Mar 1772]



Extent & medium

1 piece

Content Description

His life is uncomplicated as he studies very hard, Joseph Wright of Derby loves the work so much he prepares his pallet before daybreak; Mr. Barret says he would never let a son of his paint unless the inclination to do so was "violent"; he has visited [Daniel] Gardner; mentions a debt between Mrs Smeaton and Mrs May that he can settle; again discusses the role of anatomy in art training and the lectures of Dr. Hunter; Miss Reynolds continues good-naturedly and he still sees much of the Wingfelds and Mr. Gardner; he is sending them some figure studies that he wishes them to preserve.