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    Joshua Reynolds Letter Signed "Joshua Reynolds." One page, 7" x 8.5", Leicester Fields; August 16, 1772. A letter from Sir Joshua Reynolds, written shortly after he was knighted by King George III and during his time as President of the Royal Academy of Arts. Addressed to one of his patrons, likely Sir William Hamilton. Reynolds writes in full: "I forgot to ask you when I had the honour of seeing you last, about Nancy Reynolds's Picture [''Nancy Reynolds With Doves''] it is at present in the Possession of Sir Wm. Boothby who would be very glad to keep it. He had it on condition to return it to you if it was demanded. If you will please by a line to signify your consent he may then have full possession of the lady. I take this opportunity of mentioning that I have a small bill on you for your own Picture and the Pieta of Palma Giovane the first was twelve Guineas the other twenty. / I am Sir with the greatest respect your most obedient servant."

    The painting ''Nancy Reynolds With Doves'' was later sold as part of Sir William Boothby's estate, where it was catalogued as having been commissioned by Sir William Hamilton, the likely recipient of this letter. The other painting to which Reynolds refers, ''Pieta of Palma Giovane'' is likely a copy of the painting ''Pieta'' by Palma il Giovane.

    Condition: Flattened folds and light toning throughout. Edges are slightly rough, with chipping and small tears. The center horizontal fold has been repaired on verso with archival tape. Additional paper backing at bottom edge to repair tears.

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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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