GB/0397 Royal Academy of Arts Archive.
        
GI John Gibson, RA, papers c. 1822-1866
                
GI/1 Correspondence 1824-1866
                        >GI/1/327 William Theed, 12 A. Henrietta St, Cavendish Sq. to Carissimo Signor Cavaliere [John Gibson] 05 Jun 1856
Reference CodeGI/1/327
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TitleWilliam Theed, 12 A. Henrietta St, Cavendish Sq. to Carissimo Signor Cavaliere [John Gibson]
Date05 Jun 1856
Extent & Medium1 piece
Historical BackgroundTheed studied with Gibson in Rome. He developed a close friendship with Gibson and acted as a contact between Gibson and some of his patrons in England [DNB.]
Content DescriptionTheed assures Gibson that his group had arrived safely at Lord Yarborough's. He had only recently heard that Gibson had almost been lost returning to Rome the previous year, and he counsels him against travelling by sea. Theed gives news of [William] Boxall and others, including Lady Eastlake, who had got Davies removed into a lunatic asylum. He goes on to describe the flourishing state of his own practice, including work for Prince Albert. Theed tells Gibson that he had obtained a commission for one of the statues for the Mansion House, and had chosen a subject from Gray's 'Bard'. He asks Gibson's opinion on the subject, and wishes he could have Gibson's advice on his sketch. He adds a note for [Benjamin Evans] Spence at the end of the letter.