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System Number: 12441
Date: 9 December 1863
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Leathart[2]
Place: [Newcastle-upon-Tyne]
Repository: University of British Columbia Library
Call Number: Special Collections, James Leathart Collection, Box 1, Folder 8
Document Type: ALS[3]

9 Dec 1863


My dear Leathart,

The picture of Whistler's which I mentioned was the unfinished Chinese one[4], since bought by Gambart[5] & which was, as I thought, the one about which you wished to know.

The Thames picture[6] is still unsold, and on enquiring of Whistler I find its price is 300 guineas. It is the noblest of all the pictures he has done hitherto, and is the one for your collection.

As regards Legros[7]' works, I yesterday saw for the first time a picture he is doing now, of Hamlet in his mother's chamber, where he kills Polonius, about 20 inches by 15 I suppose in size, it may be rather more, and a truly admirable work, the finest he has done in London as yet. He intends to ask 45 guineas for it. It is so very cheap proportionately to the other that I am induced to mention it to you, since it is a work which will stand the proximity of anything whatever, being most full & luminous in colour, though, like all his work, low in tone.

With kind rememberances to Mrs. Leathart[8].
I remain my dear Leathart
Yours ever truly

D G Rossetti

Jas. Leathart Esq

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1.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

2.  James Leathart
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more].

3.  ALS
Published in The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ed. William E. Fredeman. Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002– ; Vol. III, p. 94, no. 63.111.

4.  Chinese one
Probably Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

5.  Gambart
Ernest Gambart (1814-1902), of Ernest Gambart and Co., wholesale printsellers [more].

6.  Thames picture
Possibly The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39). The Fredeman edition takes this, however, as a reference to Wapping (YMSM 35).

7.  Legros
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more].

8.  Mrs Leathart
Maria Leathart (1840-1899), née Hedley, wife of James Leathart [more].