Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 9 September 1886. To Frederick G. Kitton.

(DICKENS, CHARLES) BLANCHARD, EDWARD LITT LEMAN [or LAMAN]

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Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, on monogrammed letterhead, 6, Adelphi Terrace, Strand, W.C., 9 September 1886. To Fr[ederick]. G. Kitton, apologising for taking so long to answer his query, concerning a painting of Charles Dickens, and writing: "Dickens did not sit to Henning for his portrait in the 'Judge and Jury' picture. The artist painted it from a likeness drawn by Maclise, merely bringing the portrait 'down to date'. . . . If any supposed copy of the 'Judge and Jury' was ever exhibited at [illegible word] Woolwich Gardens -- which I greatly doubt -- Archibald Henning was certainly not the artist. . . . " Rust stains from a paper-clip, lightly soiled at edges, in good condition.

Edward Litt Leman [or Laman] Blanchard (1820-1889); English miscellaneous writer, author of farces, burlesques, pantomimes, and penny-number novels, son of the actor, William Blanchard. Edward Blanchard was a key witness at a trial concerning a pirated edition of A Christmas Carol. Frederick George Kitton (1856-1904); English writer on Dickens, author of memoirs of Hablot K. Browne (1882), of John Leech (1883), Dickensiana, a bibliography of the literature relating to Charles Dickens and his writings (1886), Charles Dickens by Pen and Pencil (1890), Dickens and his Illustrators (1899), Charles Dickens, his Life, Writings, and Personality (1901), in which he supplemented Forster's biography; and The Dickens Country, published posthumously (1905; 2nd edit. 1911). He also annotated the "Rochester" edition of Dickens's works (1900), and at the time of his death he was working for a New York publisher upon the costly "Autograph," or "Millionaire's," edition. See DNB. (Item ID: 15759)


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