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Autograph Letter Signed (with Signed Pamphlet by Stephens sent with letter)

Two pages on folded mourning stationary. "9 Hammersmith Terrace. London W. 19.2.06" written at top, to Whitworth Wallis (1855-1927), the first director of the Birmingham Museum and received knighthood in 1912. "Dear Mr. Wallis, I'm sending you a copy of my protest against Mr. Holman Hunt's outrageous attacks. I have partly explained what has been the cause of my delay in reply... it will give me great pleasure to show you and Mr. Holliday what drawings I have here, the most important of which is Rossetti's 'Hesterna Rosa.'" The four-page quarto-size 'pamphlet' is inscribed by Stephens and dated at top, with a small note at end. An interesting uproar had occurred over Hunt's published autobiography in which Hunt put forward 'grave charges against me [Stephens] regarding the grossest of which I trust you will... allow me to plead." An unfortunate split between Hunt and Stephens, former close friends and associates in the PRB, had begun years earlier in Hunt's criticisms of the Royal Academy to which Stephens was closely allied. Near fine.

Price: $1,250.00 Item #2237
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Autograph Letter Signed (with Signed Pamphlet by Stephens sent with letter). Frederic George- ALS Stephens.