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Letters to George Richmond

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 53 of 73 in this group

Reference code



Letters to George Richmond





Extent & medium

21 items

Content Description

The letters from George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) and William Boxall. The Watts letters contain interesting references to the Royal Academy, and his opinions on it as an institution. The letters from William Boxall reveal a long friendship between the two artists. Later letters refer to the potential acquisition for the National Gallery of a work by William Blake.


These letters omprised part of a larger group forming the surviving archive of George Richmond, auctioned by Bloomsbury Books. The sale catalogue asserted that descendants of the artist were disposing of the material.

Acquisition Details

Purchased from Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 23 November 2000.

Associated Material

The letters were originally part of the larger archive of the papers of George Richmond (GRI). The George Richmond papers were acquired some time after the Bloomsbury auction and, as they were subject to considerable activity in the interim, a decision has been made to retain these letters as a seperate Fonds within the archive.