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Sam. Lysons, King's Bench Walk, to Thos. Lawrence, rome

RA Collection: Archive

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Sam. Lysons, King's Bench Walk, to Thos. Lawrence, rome


5 May 1819



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1 piece

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He congratulates Lawrence on his success; he is missed at the Academy, where Lysons was for the private view and dinner, he mentions Turner, Callcott, Wilkie, Hilton and Cooper for their exhibits; G. Dance took the chair for the dinner as the President was ill, the D of Wellington was there; speaks of Smirke's marriage; gives news of Mr. and Mrs. Kemble in France, where Sir George and Lady Beaumont are also about to tour; he chats on about other family friends and Smirke's prospects; he mentions going to see Sir John Leicester's collection, Mr. Carey has written a complete catalogue, Lawrence's portrait of Lady Leicester looks well; Turner is "conspicuous" in Mr. Fawkes's collection of drawings; the exhibition of the British Gallery looks good when shown by gas light; [Farington] is well enough, although his deafness increases; Miss Croft says Mrs. Wolff soon comes to town; Horace Twiss is soon to have a tragedy performed; speaks of Mr. Welch at Mrs. Siddons's, a creditor of Harlow, who said there is to be an exhibition of Harlow's work to pay his debts, Sir William Beechey is to complete the pictures left unfinished.