Date Published: ND
Binding: No binding
Autograph letter signed. 7-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. One page. Undated. Athenaeum, Wednesday. Blind embossed stamp. Small piece torn from botton right corner in black border and small 1/4 inch hole in bottom left not affeting writing. minor soiling. Removed from a scrap book with removal markings on reverse. Good condition.
Note to [Alan] Cunningham arranging for friends from Edinburgh, the Cockburn’s to see the Studio.”
John Gibson Lockhart (was a Scottish writer and editor. He is best known as the author of the definitive biography of Sir Walter Scott. [This biography has been called the second most admirable in the English language, after Boswell’s Life of Johnson.]
Alan Cunningham. "His recent Lives of the British Painters and Sculptors form one of the most agreeable books in the language; and it will always remain one of the most remarkable and delightful facts in the history of letters, that such a work — one conveying so much valuable knowledge in a style so unaffectedly attractive — so imbued throughout, not only with lively sensibility, amiable feelings, honesty and candour, but mature and liberal taste, was produced by a man who, some twenty years before, earned his daily bread as a common stone-mason in the wilds of Nithsdale. " quoted from an article written by Locjhart in Quarterly Review 44 (January 1831). Allan Cunningham, remarked once that there was "heart in Lockhart when one got through the crust."
Good. Item #4989