SHEE, Sir Martin Archer (1769–1850), portrait painter & writer. ALS to an unnamed correspondent 1831

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SHEE, Sir Martin Archer (1769–1850), portrait painter and writer. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 3 sides, 8vo, Cavendish Square, March 23d 1831, regretting that he is unable "to name a day when I can have the honour of attending the Arts Committee at the hours you mention. So many circumstances have combined to retard my contribution to the now nearly approaching Exhibition that every hour of daylight must be expeditiously directed to the completion of such works as I may be able to prepare for Somerset House before the fifth of April next", and he goes on to suggest times when he may be available.

Following the death of Sir Thomas Lawrence on 7th January 1830 Shee was elected President of the Royal Academy, by eighteen votes to six for Beechey, and he was knighted in the same year. ‘We expect much from Shee's self-devotion and chivalrous sense of honour’, wrote Constable in a letter to a friend (ODNB). Shee remained President until his death in 1850 when he was succeeded by Sir Charles Lock Eastlake.

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