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L Clennell, 33 Penton Place, London [to Thomas Ranson], Artist, at Mr Lamberts Engraver, Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 65 of 114 in this group

Reference code

JU/10/217

Title

L Clennell, 33 Penton Place, London [to Thomas Ranson], Artist, at Mr Lamberts Engraver, Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland

Date

21 Jul 1816

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Historical Background

Clennell commenced a group portrait of the banquet at London's Guildhall in 1814, which was supposed to mark the end of the Naploeonic Wars. He became depressed in 1817, with the work still unfinished, and thereafter descended into insanity.

Content Description

Clennell mentions a miserable day trip he and his wife had taken to Richmond. He cautions Ranson about making a work he had on hand too large. Clennell says his picture goes on very well, and he visits Westminster every day. He describes himself, with emphasis, as "steady", but is now "as sick as a dog." He passes on some items of domestic news and asks to be remembered to [Thomas] Bewick.

Physical Characteristics

Hole where wax seal has been removed, with resultant loss of text.