Item #CL169-1 Sir Joseph Banks Letter With Silhouette
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Sir Joseph Banks Letter With Silhouette

c1779. Woodcut and letter laid down on paper, letter dated “Feb. 24, 1779” and signed by Joseph Banks in ink, annotated in an unknown hand on backing below letter, 7.3 x 3.6cm (silhouette), 29.4 x 22.5cm (sheet). Offsetting and discolouration, old folds.

Letter reads “Soho Square, Feb. 24, 1779. Dear Sir, many thanks for your [favour], we are not in so great a hurry as to want anything for the next Thursday, but could you furnish us on the succeeding, viz the 4th of March. I shall be obliged. Yours faithfully, Joseph Banks.” Annotation reads “Sir Joseph Banks. president, R.S. and circumnavigator.” Several other autographs are laid down on the backing verso, including George Staunton, Sir John Fenn and William Melmoth.

Item #CL169-1

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