19th Century Manuscript Letter from Sculptor Benjamin Edward Spence to the Reverend Dr. Raffles

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On offer is a letter written and signed by British sculptor Benjamin Edward Spence (1822-1866) to Rev Dr. Raffles. 

7-3/8 x 4-1/2 inches. Two horseshoe holes at bottom of page not affecting hand-writing, otherwise good condition. Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages. Dated Walton near Liverpool, Sept 4th (no year). To Reverend Dr. Raffles, seeking the submission of a note from Raffles concerning an upcoming motion at the meeting of the Brooks Testimonial.

Benjamin Edward Spence was a British neo-classical sculptor who spent much of his professional life in Italy. At the age of 16 he made a portrait bust of William Roscoe, and in 1846 he was awarded the Heywood silver medal and a cash by the Royal Manchester Institution for a group in clay of the death of the Duke of York at the battle of Agincourt. Between 1849 and 1867 Spence contributed to the exhibition of the Royal Academy five times: in 1850 with "Ophelia", in 1856 "Venus and Cupid", in 1861 "Hippolytus", and in 1867 "The Parting of Hector and Andromache". He contributed "Highland Mary" to the Exposition Universelle 1855, and two works, "Finding of Moses" and "Jeanie Deans before Queen Caroline", to the International Exhibition 1862. A number works of his that were not exhibited in England were engraved for the Art Journal.

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