DYCE, William (1806-1864). Artist and polymath.
DYCE,, William 1806-1864. Artist and polymath
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Autograph Letter Signed ("W. Dyce") to "My dear Sir" [John Pender Es MP] regarding the logistics of sending some of his art to Pender.3 pages 8vo, Streatham, 7 May 1863.
"I sent the drawings on Tuesday morning and I ought to have written to you to say that I had done so - but I had to go to town early and leaving in a hurry I had only time to give directions about their being dispatched by the carrier - I hope you will understand that you are to keep any or all or none of them just as you like - The sea [. . .] scenes represent respectively "Puckaster Cove, Niton Isle of Wight" - and "Trebarwith Strand Tintagel Cornwall" - The upright landscape is on the Llygwy, Capel Curig N. Wales and as you will probably notice is from the same subject as the background of the "Christ and the woman of Jamaica"".Dyce, admired by Prince Albert, painted several frescoes for the new Palace of Westminster. He was acquainted with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and had an interesting and complex relationship with them. They held similar artistic views, an interest in medieval and Arthurian subjects depicted through older styles. Dyce's work, however, was underpinned by a strong religious conviction. Dyce was instrumental in establishing the Pre-Raphaelites' early success as he was on the hanging committee for the Royal Academy exhibition of 1849. The influence of the Pre-Raphaelites can be seen in the precision of the last phase of his artistic career, in works such as Pegwell Bay, Kent - a Recollection of October 5th, 1858. Of the paintings mentioned in this letter it is known that "Puckaster Cove" and "Trebarwith", both watercolours, were part of John Pender's collection. John Pender was involved with submarine telegraphs, laying a line between England and America. Upon its completion in June 1870, a celebration was held at his house where the first communication, "How are you?", was made, and the reply, "All well" came just five minutes later. Some light marking to the first page and a small tea stain, not affecting the words. Pencil annotation on the verso.
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