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Sir Francis Grant, PRA, letters to James Faed

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 24 of 72 in this group

Reference code

FAE

Title

Sir Francis Grant, PRA, letters to James Faed

Date

[1850-1877]

Level

Fonds

Extent & medium

11 pieces

Previous reference codes

2311

Historical Background

Sir Francis Grant was elected an ARA in 1842 and to the full membership in 1851. In 1866 he succeeded Sir Charles Eastlake as President of the Royal Academy. Generally percieved to be have been an effective, conscientious and popular President, his diplomatic skills enabled him to obtain Burlington House for the Royal Academy despite it's uncertain right to claim public property. James Faed, painter and engraver, brother of Thomas Faed, R.A.. He moved to Edinburgh when in his twenties and took up painting. After experimenting with oils he specialised in mezzotint engraving, inventing a machine for speeding the process.

Content Description

Faed became the favoured engraver of Francis Grant from the early 1850's until the President's death. These letters centre on the working relationship of the two men.

Provenance

The letters remained in the Grant family by direct descent.

Acquisition Details

Sent as gift to the Royal Academy by Laetitia Stapleton, Great-Granddaughter of Francis Grant, on the 23 June 1998.

Arrangement

Although a chronology has been attempted the lack of dates on the letters makes any stable arrangement impractical.