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[John Gibson, to the Marquess of Londonderry]

RA Collection: Archive

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[John Gibson, to the Marquess of Londonderry]





Extent & medium

1 piece

Historical Background

The Accademia dei Quiriti was located in Rome.

Content Description

Draft letter in which Gibson points out that Londonderry had not indicated that he would not take the statue of Bacchus after he had objected to its being coloured when he had seen the work in Gibson's studio. Gibson did not wish to deprive Londonderry of the pleasure of owning the work, or himself of the honour of having it in Londonderry's house, so he proposed to let Londonderry have the work uncoloured. Gibson adds that while many sculptors would have dispatched the work in less time, it was for posterity that he was labouring.

The reverse bears a draft letter, in a formal hand, to the secretary of the Accademia dei Quiriti, in which [Gibson] declines election as a member. [In Italian]

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