Item #409334 Autograph letter signed ("J. Collinson"), to Frederic George Stephens, fellow member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; Ventnor, Isle of Wight, n.d. [15 September 1849]. James COLLINSON.

Autograph letter signed ("J. Collinson"), to Frederic George Stephens, fellow member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; Ventnor, Isle of Wight, n.d. [15 September 1849]

From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 2 pages, 8vo folded sheet. Item #409334

"I have just received your letter & am much obliged to your recommendation of a studio. There is however one objection to the rooms you mention, viz. that they are furnished. Mine are unfurnished. Moreover I have them on such moderate terms that I think I could scarcely better myself in that respect by a move. At present I am staying at Ventnor painting backgrounds – when I return to [town?] I will take care to call at once upon you and see the rooms..." Of the seven members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, autograph letters of Collinson are by far the rarest.

"[Collinson's] reputation ... has been the most short-lived of all the original Pre-Raphaelites. Today [1965], he is sometimes remembered as the painter of a few insignificant, but extremely pretty, pictures; more often he is dismissed as the rather unstable lover of Christina Rossetti" (Fredeman, p. 132). Stephens, along with William Michael Rossetti, was one of the non-artistic members of the PRB. He "made a few furtive attempts at painting, between 1848-1850–most of his works are now in the Tate Gallery–but he quickly turned to art criticism, in which occupation he spent practically his entire life" (Fredeman 23.3). Provenance: Kenneth A. Lohf (his sale Christie's New York, 20 November 1992, lot 33). (BA).

Price: $1,500.00