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'[I] have done my duty to the Art of my Country'

HAYDON, Benjamin Robert (1786-1846). Historical painter.
Autograph Letter Signed to his close friend the judge (Sir) T[homas] N[oon] Talfourd (1795-1854), 1 page 4to with integral address leaf, London, 30 March 1830. Characteristically chronicling a chapter of catastrophes including the failure of his exhibition and the loss of his wife's savings.
'Never was an Exhibition which began with such brilliant prosperity - and never was one which failed from the mean & dirty malignity of others.
It is doing little - and to add to our anxieties Mary's £1000 which belonged to the Boys is gone for ever! The Sollicitor into whose hands it was left (against my consent) has failed!
Here am I comparatively advanced in Life - without a shilling but from my paltry exhibition - who have done my duty to the Art of the Country, and at this moment have not one single commission of any description nor likely to have!
The meeting takes place next Monday for
Eucles which I will make go through the raffle, nor will I accept it from any body. This letter ?won't add to your comfort.'

[No: 21101]

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