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William Etty, 14 Buckingham Street, Strand, London, to A. W. Pugin

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 25 of 114 in this group

Reference code

JU/10/65

Title

William Etty, 14 Buckingham Street, Strand, London, to A. W. Pugin

Date

03 Aug 1845

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Historical Background

Pugin began work on his own house, St Augustine's (now The Grange), on the edge of a cliff looking out to sea at Ramsgate, Kent, in 1843.

Content Description

Praising Pugin's house, following a visit; although he had not seen Pugin himself. Etty particularly commends Pugin's avoidance of "that abomination" paint, which had made it possible to reveal the natural and beautiful transparency of the wood. Etty and his party had been glad to see Pugin's children, and had met with a very civil reception after coming from Dover and making a little tour round the coast. Etty trusts that his correspondent's family are all well, and alludes to Pugin's interest in hunting.