Title: Manuscript letter from Henry Fuseli

Creator: Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825.

Date: 1816

Bibliographic Citation: Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825. [Letter] 1816 June 26, Somerset House [England, to] Sydenham Edwards, Queens Elms [England] [manuscript] / Henry Fuseli.

Notes: In this letter, the artist Henry Fuseli writes to the acclaimed botanical illustrator Sydenham Edwards of behalf of a Mr. Raddon. In 1816, Edwards was the editor of a popular botanical magazine, The Botanical Register, which included a number of colored plates in each issue. Acknowledging Edwards position in the market that existed for natural history illustration, Fuseli asks if Edwards will incur his obligation by recommending Raddon on his behalf.

Physical Description: image.manuscript.black and white 23 × 19 cm

Language: English

Description: The introduction seems to have succeeded; according to the Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, a Mr. William Raddon, who also completed engravings for Fuseli, became an active printmaker in London the following year and would remain active for the next 45 years. A passing reference in the work Illustrations of Exotic Entomology (1837) reveals that both Raddon and Fuseli had a passion for a particular rare moth – perhaps this was the source of their initial meeting.

Subject: Raddon, William, — 1817-1862.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interpersonal Print

Exhibition Theme: Botanical Illustration

Call Number: Blake 6 F8L43 1816 elf Rare Books/Special Collections – Lawrence Lande Blake Collection

Image Identifier: 5b_000563244_fuseli_letter-p1