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System Number: 02491
Date: 25 June 1891
Author: Constance Lawson[1]
Place: Haslemere, Surrey
Recipient: Chairman, Chelsea Public Library[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L28
Document Type: ALcS[3]


June 25th. 1891

To the Chairman of the Committee of the Chelsea Free Library


I wish to offer to the Chelsea Free Library a statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds[4] by my late father John Birnie Philip[5] -

It is a work that was very highly thought of and was reserved at the sale of my father's works by my late husband [p. 2] Cecil Lawson[6], the landscape painter, to be cast and given to Sir Joshua Reynolds birthplace, but by his early death this became impossible -

As I now have no further opportunity of keeping the statue I felt I should like to offer it to the Library as the latter stands on the site of my father's residence and studios (he having been the last resident [p. 3] owner of Merton Villa[7])

[p. 4] 'Copy To Free Library'[8]

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1.  Constance Lawson
Constance Lawson (1854-1929), née Philip, painter, JW's sister-in-law [more].

2.  Chairman, Chelsea Public Library
This letter was answered by John Henry Quinn (1860-1941), Librarian [more], see #00601.

3.  ALcS
The letter has a mourning border.

4.  Sir Joshua Reynolds
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), painter [more].

5.  John Birnie Philip
John Birnie Philip (1824-1875), sculptor, father of JW's wife Beatrix [more].

6.  Cecil Lawson
Cecil Gordon Lawson (1851-1882), painter [more].

7.  Merton Villa
The house in Chelsea where the Birnie Philips lived, which was etched by JW (Merton Villa, Chelsea (K.277)).

8.  'Copy To Free Library'
Note added by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].