[Caine, Hall- Autograph Letter] Fabulous Letter to Hargrave Morrison, Upon Receiving Rossetti's Spectacles
by Caine, Hall
Three pages, Greeba Castle, Isle of Man. "Horrey's Hotel, Strand, W.C. 4/May/99." A wonderful letter written by Hall Caine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's secretary and close friend, to a Hargrave Morrison, thanking him for sending "Rossetti's spectacles. "My Dear Sir, I trust you will excuse the delay in acknowledging your great kindness in sending me Rossetti's spectacles. It has been due to my absence from home and the pressure of many occupations since I came to London. I rejoice to possess these further mementos of my dear friend. Immediately I opened the box I knew whose glasses they were, to speak more exactly I knew that Rossetti had worn glasses with a bridge of the same shape. My sister, who was with us at the moment when we removed to Birchington [Rossetti's burial place], seemed to identify the spectacles at once. I also remember the Chelsea photographer, who was at the time you refer to taking photographs of 'Dante's Dream' and other pictures. Yours truly and with many hearty thanks, Hall Caine. Hargrave Morrison, Esq. " "Dante's Dream" was Rossetti's largest painting ; and the model for Beatrice was Lizzie Siddal, Rossetti's wife, (Inventory #: 3004)
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