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MULLER, William John (1812-1845). Landscape painter.
Two Autograph Letters Signed about his eight-month expedition to Turkey with the archaeologist Charles Fellows, 7 pages 4to (one a little frayed), Xanthus, Lycia, 1833 & 1844.

In the first letter, addressed to 'My dear Graves', Muller lists the many possible subjects he plans to sketch on his return from Turkey via Rhodes ('3 street views - 2 fortifications - 2 general ones with the works of the Templars') and Malta ('The church is very good with its carved gates - as also the Interior - Malta gives us another - St John - & one or two fine tombs'). He also asks Graves to send £30 to Malta with the promise that 'if after all you do not like the subjects I produce I will return the £30.but I am certain you will be sorry to lose the opportunity - as it is quite new ground - & novelty is the thing.'

The second letter is addressed to the father of his pupil, Harry Johnson, who travelled with him to Turkey: 'You will have heard from your son, all our pleasures, all our vexations - all our success & all our disappointments ... he has much improved in his sketching'. Muller's own sketches from Turkey 'form a most important collection & please me more than I expected - truly I have some fine subjects.'
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