THOMAS WOOLNER Autograph Letter Signed.
British (English) sculptor. One of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
ALS. 1p. 29 Wellbeck Pl. W. November 26th 1864. To "My Dear Lloyd".
"Would you mind coming on Wednesday evening to see the Bard instead of Tuesday? We are all to go out to dine on Tuesday and shall not get back till too late to see anyone. The Bard was very pleased at the notion of seeing you again so pray come if you can."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf. Slight mounting traces to verso. Very good.
Thomas Woolner was the only sculptor amongst the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1875 and served for a time as professor of sculpture. Woolner's circle of friends included Thomas Carlyle and Alfred Tennyson and Woolner, himself, was a successful writer and poet. He also corresponded with Charles Darwin, who named part of the human ear, the Woolnerian Tip" after him. The reference to "the Bard" in this letter is undoubtedly to Alfred Tennyson, who Woolner referred to by this name (see Amy Woolner's 'Thomas Woolner RA Painter and Poet: His Life in Letters'. 1917)