POOLE, Paul Falconer (1807–1879) history and genre painter. Autograph letter signed to Philip Westcott, 3 sides of a bifolium, 8vo, 43 Camden Road Villas [Camden Town , Middlesex], July 13th 1852, regarding a painting “I intend sending the picture of the “Soldiers return” this evening by the luggage train. Pray write as soon as you receive it announcing its safe arrival – I have done to it all that you requested, and a great deal more. I trust the possesor of the picture will think it all the better for the alterations, I have no doubt of the matter”, and in a post-script says that he can’t find “your last letter wherein if (I mistake not) something was said respecting the price of a companion picture”. Old mounting marks on edge of blank leaf.
Paul Falconer Poole was largely a self-taught artist, born in Bristol, the son of a coal merchant. He exhibited his first drawings and paintings in Bristol, but in 1829, after an inspirational trip to Italy, moved to London and the following year showed his first work The Well: a Scene at Naples at the Royal Academy. In London he found success in painting dramatic historical scenes, and in 1846 his large canvas Visitation and Surrender of Syon Nunnery (now in Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery) led to his election as an associate of the Royal Academy. In 1860 was elected a full academician (ODNB). His correspondent was the portrait painter Philip Westcott (1815-1878) whose career as an artist began in Liverpool before moving to London.