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Joseph Farington, to [Ozias Humphry]

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Joseph Farington, to [Ozias Humphry]


27 Dec 1785



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His brother, Edward, goes as Pursar to India and brings a box for Humphry, which includes three coats from Joe Green and bundles of letters from Mary Boydell. His says several of Humphry's friends met at the Alderman's and enjoyed a fine haunch of venison from his brother. His friend Edwards has sent a packet of letters with all the news. Mrs. Hodges died about the time Humphry left England, but [William Hodges] has already consoled himself with another marriage. He has chosen Miss Carr, a pretty girl but no fortune. The death of Cipriani. There has been a "rage" for India among the artists that has now subsided, although Carter sails imminently. Webber has been elected Associate, which he is very pleased with, he is busy with Loutherbourg on a work for Covent Garden, based on Cook's voyage.

Sir Joshua Reynolds is as assiduous as ever. West and his family well, as are Sandby and Sims, who has just come back from France, fertile ground for a "ship painter". Copley has suffered the loss of two children over a "putrid sore throat". Poggi is preparing prints of the seige of Gibraltar and Jones is not going back to Italy and is "fatter than ever".