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James White, Exeter, to Ozias Humphry, Prince of Wales's Hotel, Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

HU/7/34

Title

James White, Exeter, to Ozias Humphry, Prince of Wales's Hotel, Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London

Date

1 Jan 1809

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Content Description

He wishes Humphry a happy new year and thanks him for his long and interesting letter. Mr. White of Plymouth and his daughters have stayed with him, full of distress at the death of a married daughter. They have now recovered sufficiently for Mr White of Plymouth to talk of accompanying Mr White of Exeter to London.

He is unsure of Smirke's semi-circular theatre design and thinks [Westmacott's] statue of Duke of Bedford a solicism, dress in Ducal robes and leaning on a plough as he is. He would like more recollections of Sir Joshua Reynolds who Humphry knew well.