PERCY, John (1817–1889), metallurgist and art collector. ALS to Thomas Woolner 1883


PERCY, John (1817–1889), metallurgist and art collector. ALS to Thomas Woolner 1883

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DRAWING OF SNOWDON BY J.M.W.TURNER

PERCY, John (1817–1889), metallurgist and art collector. Autograph letter signed to Thomas Woolner, 1 side 8vo, mourning paper, Garrick Club, July 3 1883, informing him that he had acquired “an interesting large early drawing of Snowdon by J.M.W.T. at Christie’s last Friday. Can you come up and look at it? ………. Hogarth told me he had an appointment with you this morning & I requested him to tell you all about the drawing”.

John Percy trained in medicine at Edinburgh University, but with an early interest in chemistry he engaged in studying metallurgy in which branch of science he became a notable lecturer, researcher and author. He was also an amateur artist, and assembled a valuable collection of watercolour drawings and engravings which were sold in 1890. Percy’s correspondent was Thomas Woolner RA (1825–1892), a successful sculptor, and a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.

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