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T. L[awrence], to Joseph Farington

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T. L[awrence], to Joseph Farington


29 Oct 1811



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1 piece

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Provides news of the estate of Sir Nathaniel Holland and of his relations with his brother; he has no news of the Academy; he has the opportunity of an additional room in Dean Street for finishing and storing his pictures; he feels he can now speak to Farington without the deference of youth; he has been out with Lord Mountjoy, who has sat to him, and showed his Satan and Cosway's drawings, he returned depressed at his hitherto waste of life and talent; he judges Satan as unlike anything West, Sir Joshua or Fuseli could have painted; he has altered his opinion of Cosway since seeing his house and collection, he adversely compares the "mere" colouring of Phillips, Owen, Sir William Beechey and Shee against the knowledge of Cosway.


Partly published in Letter-Bag, Layard, 1906, p.84.