FAED, James (1821–1911) engraver. ALS to James Rayman 1861

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FAED, James (1821–1911) engraver. Autograph letter signed to James Rayman Esq, 3 sides of a bifolium, 8vo, 14 Comely Bank [Edinburgh], 26 February 1861, informing him that his plate will be finished in 10 to 12 days time although there will be a delay in “sending Mr Grant proofs for his touches if it may require any”, and explaining “According to custom when we get a print proof thrown off, we generally make a claim upon our employers for half of the price of the plate. As I did not do this two months ago, perhaps you will be kind enough to let me have it now …… My price for the ordinary full length is two hundred guinea as I told you, but as this plate is not quite the usual size …… I shall make it £30 less…..”. Edge of back blank leaf with old gum line from mounting in an album.

James Faed born 1821 at Barley Mill, Girthon, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, was the brother of the painter John Faed (1819–1902). Encouraged by his brothers to take up engraving, he was introduced to the mezzotint engraver John Bonnar, and subsequently abandoned engineering to become a professional engraver. He engraved many of his brothers' paintings, received commissions from the portraitist Sir John Watson Gordon, and became generally regarded as one of the finest mezzotinters of his time. He exhibited 37 times at the Royal Academy (1855–1904) and engraved at least 133 plates, including several royal commissions. In 1852 he married Mary, a member of the Cotton tobacco family, and moved from Comely Bank, Edinburgh, to London, but returned to Scotland in 1855, and to Comely Bank in 1861 (the year this letter is written). (ODNB)

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