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William Calder Marshall, Rome, to [unknown]

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William Calder Marshall, Rome, to [unknown]


8 - 10 Apr 1837



Extent & medium

8 pieces

Content Description

Describes the annual outing of German artists to the caves of Cervara, the English are allowed to join them, two hundred in all. The party included Thorvaldsen, Collins and Inskip. The English have left Rome, the Overend's have left Naples, he gifted the two busts to them.

Discusses the progress of his statue, as carving it in marble would mean he misses next year's exhibition he will not go to the trouble, he feels that his father over-rates the importance of carving in marble. Gibson and Wyatt use the rasp, not the chisel. Discusses methods of sending the money he needs for the trip home, he aims to send a block of marble ahead of him. Describes the ceremonies of Holy Week and fireworks over the castle of St. Angelo.

10th April - His response to a London review, "capital". He is glad that Houston sold his picture. The English cardinal at Rome, Weld, and so the English population in Rome have lost an advocate at the court. He continues his Italian and hopes to spend a month on French.