POYNTER, Sir Edward John, first baronet (1836–1919), painter and arts administrator. Autograph letter signed to Thos. Worthington, 2 sides, 8vo, London, 62 Gt. Russell Street, December 9th 1865, extending his thanks to the Council of the Royal Manchester Institution for an award: "I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th informing me that the Council of the Royal Manchester Institution have awarded me The Heywood prize of fifty guineas.- I shall be greatly obliged by your expressing to Them my thanks for the honour they have done me in selecting my picture as worthy of the award.". Docket note on the front "Sent the Money Feby 7 1866". Small hole and edge split, and traces of mounting on the reverse.
Poynter trained in painting and decorative art in England and Paris, and exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy in 1861. During the following years he specialised in painting Egyptian and classical subjects, and received a number of commissions for decorative art works.
The Royal Manchester Institution was founded in 1823, to promote the arts, and held art exhibitions, and collected works of fine art. The building and its collections were transferred to Manchester Corporation in 1882, to become the Manchester Art Gallery.