REINAGLE, Ramsay Richard (1775–1862), painter. ALS to unnamed correspondent 1829


REINAGLE, Ramsay Richard (1775–1862), painter. ALS to unnamed correspondent 1829

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REINAGLE, Ramsay Richard (1775–1862), painter. Autograph letter signed R.R.Reinagle Secy. to an unnamed correspondent, one side, 8vo, pasted onto thin card, Free Masons Hall, Monday May 11 1829, informing the recipient that a meeting of the Pleiades Committee is to be held the following Monday at Free Masons Hall “which you are particularly requested to attend; to consider of another call upon the Guarantees without delay, the Chairman and treasurer being in advance about 100£ beyond the sums already received, to carry out the engraving of the plate. An Impression will be laid before the Committee, and Mr Taylor will be present”.

Ramsay Richard Reinagle was a pupil of his father, and went on to study painting in Italy and in Holland. He was elected an associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1806 and was president from 1808 to 1812. During this period he exhibited portraits and landscapes in oil at the Royal Academy, becoming an associate in 1814, and an academician in 1823. He was an accomplished copyist of the old masters, and is said to have been much employed by a picture-dealer in restoring and 'improving ' their works. In 1848 he exhibited at the Royal Academy as his own work a marine painting by J. W. Yarnold, which he had purchased and retouched. Following an inquiry by the Academy he had to resign, and in 1850 he published in the 'Literary Gazzette' two letters in which he unsuccessfully tried to clear his name.

Reinagle was evidently Secretary of the “Pleiades” society or club (its role is unclear), who appear from this letter to be engaged in sponsoring the engraving of an art work, an impression of which is to be inspected at their forthcoming meeting.

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