ALFRED MUNNINGS AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed.
English artist and one of the finest painters of horses.
ALS. 2pp. Castle House, Dedham, Colchester. June 25th 1835. To [Victor Hume] Moody.
"Searching for some papers yesterday I came accross your letter of April 20th, so full of generous praise for my picture in the Sewell[?] Gallery. Whether I replied at the time or not I forget, but such a kindly tribute from one artist to another is rare! Many thanks for what you have said. At the same time I doubt if anyone cares a damn about what an artist is trying for. You are the only person who has mentioned it to me. Should you ever go to the R.A. and sit down in Gallery III a while and watch the crowds, you will note that they go gaping round looking at nothing. God bless and many thanks. Excuse pencil." With good full signature.
Small 4to. Approx 9 x 7 inches. In pencil. Old pin mark at top left, else fine.
From the studio archive of the Malvern artists, Victor Hume Moody and his daughter, Catherine. V.H. Moody was principal of the Malvern School of Art (1835-1962) being succeeded in that post by his daughter. He has been described as "the last classicist" painter and, like Sir Alfred Munnings, he was an outspoken critic of modernism.