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William Calder Marshall, Rome, to his mother

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

MAR/3/17

Title

William Calder Marshall, Rome, to his mother

Date

1 - 2 Feb 1838

Level

Item

Extent & medium

6 pieces

Content Description

He is furious that John has not sent his figure to the exhibition. He has finished his marble and will also send this. Describes his plans for his remaining time in Rome. He has twice drunk "punch (Whisky)" with Mr. Blackwood, who is improved, and mourns the loss of "Hugh" to consumption. He wishes Lees would put his name down for membership of the Royal Scottish Academy, this was one reason he wanted his sculpture sent. Macdonald has yet to arrive, but is expected every day, he is surprised at the extent of his reputation in Scotland. He must hoover up as many letters of introduction as he can when he returns. He was sorry to hear of Baily's failure because of "folly and extravagence". That one of such talent could fail has depressed him. 2nd February - John should patch up the figure, or get someone else to do it. Asks for news of family and friends. He has little news from Rome, he sends a sketch of his marble figure, which he will tint very deeply to hide spots.