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Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788.
Thomas Gainsborough letter to Elizabeth Rasse.
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1 sheet (2 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 23 x 19 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Artists letters / Gainsborough
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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View Gainsborough's portrait of Edward Vernon (NPG 881)
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"Madam, I call'd yesterday upon a friend in hopes of borrowing money to pay you, but was disapointed & as I shall finish the admiral's picture in a week you shall have it when I go to Nacton, will call & pay you at your new abode. I'm sorry it happens so but you know I can't make money any more than yourself & when I receive it you shall surely have it before anybody. Who am, Madm. Yours to Comd., Tho. Gainsborough. Thursday morning."
The addressee of the letter, Elizabeth Rasse, was Gainsborough's landlady in Ipswich from 1752 to 1759. The admiral is Edward Vernon (1684-1757), of Nacton, Suffolk. Gainsborough's portrait of Vernon is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 881).
Written in black ink.
The sheet was previously folded, with small remnants of a wax seal.
Letters of Thomas Gainsborough, edited by Mary Woodall, no. 104
Letters of Thomas Gainsborough, edited by John Hayes no. 1
Hayes, John T. The landscape paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, v. 1, p. 61
Subject Terms:
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 -- Correspondence.
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 -- Homes and haunts.
Painters -- Great Britain
Portrait painting -- Great Britain.
Rasse, Elizabeth -- Correspondence.
Vernon, Edward, 1684-1757 -- Portraits.
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