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William Powell Frith


High Victorian painter

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10 Pembridge Villas, Bayswater
July 2, 1856

My Dear Sir,
I am very much obliged to you for your note and for the compliment you pay me by your evident desire to possess a picture of mine. I assure you I wish I could comply with your request at once, but unfortunately - or perhaps I ought to say - fortunately, it is impossible to do so. I will however, put your name on my list, and though it may be some time before I can accept your commission you may depend upon my not neglecting you when your turn comes. It was only the other day that Mr. Fair, who called on me with his brother, mentioned your name to me in such terms as to affirm that you are one of the few real lovers of art. I congratulate you on the possession of any work by Faed. You may depend upon it, there is no mistake whatever about him.
Believe me dear Sir

very faithfully yours

W.P. Frith