[MYLES BIRKET FOSTER - Two Autograph Letters To Marcus B. Huish]..
I- Bifolium, 18 x 11cm, 8 lines, headed Wells, 23rd May 1881. AL to Marcus Bourne Huish, editor of The Art Journal, in relation to the contribution of an etching. He states he is unable to comply to the request and that he considers further etching a luxury. II- Single sheet, 18 x 11cm, 5 lines, headed the Hill, Whitley, Surrey, Dec. 9th 1880 (4cm square area in blank left upper corner torn away. AL to Marcus Bourne Huish concerning the plate of "The Millwheel" and how he has made an order to Mr Brooker to deliver the copper. Birket Foster, apprenticed to Ebernezer Landells, began his career producing illustrations for the Illustrated London News and Punch Magazines and worked on a freelance basis. He trained himself as a watercolourist and exhibited at the Royal Academy for many years. He made his name for his illustrations of idealised English life and his work was widely used in contemporary advertising. He was the illustrator of a number of Victorian wood engraved books of the 1850 and 60's, particularly poetry. In the late 1860s he moved more towards landscape and pastoral imagery leading to his classic Pictures Of English Language (1881) cf Houfe (1998) Dictionary. p.141-2.
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