GB/0397 Royal Academy of Arts Archive.
| |785 Joseph Wilton, R.A., agreements and inscriptions relating to commissioned monuments 1755-1774
| ||>785/28 [copy] Joshua Reynolds, opposite Mays Buildings in St. Martin's Lane, to Joseph Wilton, at [Sir Horatio] Mann 5 Jun 1753|
|Title||[copy] Joshua Reynolds, opposite Mays Buildings in St. Martin's Lane, to Joseph Wilton, at [Sir Horatio] Mann|
|Date||5 Jun 1753|
|Extent & Medium||2 pieces|
|Content Description||He delayed writing until he received the money for Wilton's Bustos from Lord Edgcumbe, which he will give to Wilton's father. He should return to London as Rubiniac [sic] is has more business than he can handle. Wilton's father talks of building a house for Wilton, with rooms for Reynolds.|
Alexander is doing very poorly. Hambleton [sic] is very miserable and his work gone from him. He, like Ashley[sic], has taken on a house and lifestyle he cannot afford.
He immodestly concludes with a list of recent sitters including, the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Anson, Commodore Keppel and others.
Giuseppe has grown so proud he will not be seen to be carrying anything [for Reynolds] in the street. Hone, he has heard from his brother, is returning home. Liotard is in London, raking it in.
|Location of Originals||The original remained with the family of the donor, whereabouts now unknown.|
|Bibliography||This letter has been published in full twice. Firstly by Martin Postle in Apollo, vol.91, 1995, pp.11-18; secondly in The Letters of Sir Joshua Reynolds, ed. Edgcumbe and Ingamells, 2000, pp.13-16.|