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CHANTREY, Sir Francis (1781-1841). Sculptor.
Autograph Letter Signed to C H Turner, 2 pages 8vo, with contemporary endorsement to conjunct leaf, Belgrave Place, 31 July 1841. An excellent friendly letter, touching also upon his work. We have not positively identified the addressee. He ought to be the engraver Charles Turner, but the 'H' seems to rule him out.
'... I returned on Tuesday Having caught no fish - no not even a minnow! Penn accompanied me. We went to Mrs Greaves boarding House Bakewell near the Bridge - the Inn being full - Every individual thing is cooked at the Inn - even a mutton chop! The House itself would be well enough if it were clean - the women too were nasty, ugly and crooked, & so is the church for it is prop't up on all sides ... on Tuesday or Wednesday I will try for better luck at Exeter and find - if I can, a tolerable light in the Cathedral for my statue of Northcote! if I fail in that I know not what I shall do next. ...'
Chantrey died suddenly in November 1841.
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