Incoming Correspondence to Frederick William Fairholt (1813–1866), English Artist and Wood Engraver.

C.1850s–1860s letters, each referring to Fairholt’s work as an illustrator

Three autograph letters signed sent to 19th century English artist, antiquary, and wood engraver Frederich William Fairholt. Each letter refers specifically to Fairholt’s work as an illustrator.

Included here are letters from English bookseller and bibliographer, John Russell Smith (1810–1894), requesting “a drawing or two on wood, similar to those in [John Mathew] Gutch’s Robin Hood”; English author and publisher Robert Chambers (1802–1888), editor of Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, asking “[w]ould you get up any sort of illustration for this article of Mr, Wright’s?”; and English wood engraver and draftsman, Stephen Sly, regarding “the charges for the little architectural antiquities just completed” and with references to “Mr. Knight,” English publisher, editor, and author, Charles Knight (1791–1873).

Per ODNB online: “[Fairholt] developed an early interest in literature and drama and, from the age of twelve, received regular drawing lessons. Intrigued by woodcuts in books of border ballads and Scottish legends, he contributed his first wood-engraving to The Mirror. In 1831 he won the silver Isis medal of the Society of Arts for a watercolour copy of a landscape drawing. ... In 1835 he became an assistant to the wood-engraver Stephen Sly [see above] (earning £3 to £6 weekly), through whom he began to draw and engrave for Charles Knight’s [see above] publications, notably the Penny Magazine and London. Fairholt’s first major commission was for around 200 drawings on wood for J. Jackson and W. A. Chatto’s Treatise on Wood Engraving (1839). From 1839 he was employed as artist and writer for the Art Union (from 1848 the Art Journal), for which he served as an assistant editor under Samuel Carter Hall. His fidelity as a draughtsman and his antiquarian knowledge, particularly of medieval art and customs, were much in demand for the illustration of learned publications. He drew and wrote regularly for the Society of Antiquaries (of which he was elected fellow in 1844), the British Archaeological Association (member), and the Numismatic Society (elected member in 1845).”

Description: Incoming Correspondence to Frederick William Fairholt (1813–1866), English Artist and Wood Engraver.

[London or Np, c. 1850s–1860s]. Three Autograph Letters Signed. [1]p, [1]p, and [2¼]pp. 8vo. and 12mos. Two single leaves and a bifolium. Folds; minor soiling or small losses not affecting text; otherwise very good.


Price: $225.00