BRETT, John (1831–1902), landscape and marine painter. Autograph letter signed to Mr Weldon, 3 sides, 8vo, 6 Keswick Road, Putney, SW., January 29th 1881. Regarding his election, and a photograph: "I take a real pleasure in the election myself because it affords some sort of justification of the faith that these few friends seriously cherish. May their shadow never grow less!! ..........I did print and mount the photograph I promised you of Parsons & u".
By the 1880s Brett had become a successful and admired artist, and in 1881 was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy, to which this letter alludes. In his early years he was a familiar figure on the fringe of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, but moved from painting genre scenes to landscape and marine subjects.