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3pp. Trowan Farm, Crieff, 10 Sept., 1872. A significant, unpublished letter, written by Rossetti to J. Aldam Heaton, one of Rossettiís most important patrons, discussing the painting "Silence," and requesting six large proofs of photos of the work. "The drawing was, as you know, sold during my absence, and, (as I may now say) on a rather hasty affirmative interpretation of what I said about it.î He goes on to express a wish to possibly exchange it for 2 others if this suited the recipient of the letter. He ends the letter by telling Heaton, when he knows what the photographer would charge, that he will pay him. Rossetti, in a letter to his brother William on Sept. 6, had bemoaned the selling of ìSilence, that was let go by an art dealer (Murray Marks), evidently with WIlliam's blessings, but without notifying Gabriel. He states in the Sept. 6 letter, ìiI is worth more than I got,î and states that a photo should have been taken, and Heaton should be willing to provide one. Written at a time of great personal crisis, this letter refers to one of Rossetti's finer works depicting Jane Morris, the face of ìSilence.î"Silence" is currently in the Brooklyn Museum, the Gift of Luke Vincent Lockwood. Last page mounted to card sheet.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4408