Autograph letter signed.
8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium.
To Frances Fleetwood Wilson (1850-1919), the only daughter and heiress of the Northamptonshire industrialist Fleetwood Pellew Wilson, responding to an invitation and eager to show her his latest works: "Many thanks for your very kind invitation to dine on the 3rd. I am so sorry I can't come. I hope your friends like your picture in the R[oyal] A[cademy]. I am painting three more portraits the same size as yours. You must come to see them before they go away [...]".
The portrait of Frances Wilson, who some years later would marry Prince Alexei Dolgorouki, a Russian Prince and Chamberlain to the Tsar, was noted among the best works in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1885.
On mourning stationery with embossed address. Well preserved but with traces of old mounting on the verso. Includes a small collector's note.
Lassalle, The Royal Academy illustrated, p. 54.