MARTIN, John (1789–1854), artist. Autograph letter in the third person to 'Harral', The Editor of La Belle Assemblée, 1 side 4to with the address panel on the reverse bearing 4 postmarks and seal, 30 Allsop Terrace [London], May 22nd 1823, regretting that he did not receive the editor's card of admission to the Exhibition of the "Fall of Nineveh". Paper loss where the seal was attached (affecting about 4 words) and with an adhering strip of paper from an album.
La Belle Assemblée was a court and fashion magazine published under this name from 1806 until 1832. Under the editorship of Thomas Harrol the magazine published original poetry and fiction, articles on politics and science, book and theatre reviews, serialized novels, and in its later years produced fine fashion plates for which it is best remembered.
The subject of this letter to Harral is interesting, for Martin was to paint his own interpretation of the Fall of Nineveh, a tour-de-force which he began in 1827 and completed and exhibited the following year, with a price tag of 2,000 guineas.