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WAGNER, Richard (1813-1883). Composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Hochgeehrtester Herr!'), 1 page large 4to, 280 x 272 mm.(11 x 8¾ inches), Bayreuth, 25 August 1876. With transcript and translation. An imposingly large letter in good condition with blank leaf and only two small splits, asking a friend to stand in for him as godfather to a boy who was to be christened Richard Siegmund. Wagner writes in rather stuffy terms:

'... There is no hurry for the chair as my house is not yet ready for furniture. In Egypt I might find some old stuff suitable to cover it. ... If I had my arms embroidered in dull colours on the back without much gold what would it cost approximately? I rather like the P of Wales' chair at Carnarvon would it be very expensive in the untrecht velvet or in stuff I might be able to collect. ...' [20 August]

'I think I know all I require about the chairs [now plural?]. If I can find some suitable old stuff in Cairo I daresay later I shall ask you to make me a chair and cover it. ...'

[Henry Currie] Mariller (1865-1951) was a distinguished writer and expert on tapestries. In 1897 he had purchased Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, William Morris's old home and he joined the Morris company as managing director. It was presumably the Morris company that would have been responsible for actually making the chair (or chairs). The present letters almost certianly date from 1911, as Kitchener would have been aware from about July onwards that he was to go to Egypt as governor. He arrived there on 29 September.

The reverse of one letter is covered in pencilled calculations of the cost of the chair(s) and coverings.
[No: 26602]

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