Autograph letter signed, 1 1/2pp, 4to, 25 November 1855 to an unspecified recepient.


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Amusing illustrated autograph letter signed, 1 1/2pp, 4to, on blue paper, Rose Cottage, Grasmere, 25 November 1855. A friendly letter to an unspecified recipient, hoping to arrange a mountain climb together, and berating an acquaintance ("Samuel?") whose name is illegible: "The brazen inperence[?] of that little cock sparrow is awful. I won't have such old news. in [sic] fact I'll be a subscriber to the Journal if he don't alter, and then what will he do with his waste paper?. . . . the Journal (criticism) has sold another for me: the perch Fishing. I have taken or shall take 20 [pounds] instead of 25 [pounds]. . . . I enclose you a slight sketch full of meaning with outlines, if you can only see it. . . ." On the integral leaf is a sepia ink sketch of a stick figure crossing a valley between two mountains which, when observed closely, reveals several faces in the composition. Pettitt has written around the drawing (and additionally signed it in full): "When, as friend Corrs[?] would say, ['] the Mighty Mountains projected their . . . appearance, gazing in fearful apprehension, lest some mighty Mass or Masses of Stone or Stoneses, should fall down and crush him in a moment of time.' This you will at once perceive to be really sublime. . . ." Remains of prior mounting on verso; some discoloration and offsetting of ink; hole at bottom of center seam (no loss of text); else good.

George W. Pettitt (d. 1870); English artist. (Item ID: 19479)

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