The great British painter writes to his friend, the engraver Charles Turner, who did many of the plates for his Liber Studiorum. Charles's wife had just died and the painter, with great emotion, declines to attend the funeral: "I must break through the rules of propriety to ask you 'yea to throw myself upon your kindness' — only — think what I suffered at Sir Thomas Lawrence's and for so long an illness — that I beg you to yield to my fears ... which believe me ... is with you in your present misery and not to think a particle of respectful regard is wanting .... I do again beg of you to let me feel at home all that true concern — without any alloy of apprehension." When his friend, the painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, had died in 1830, Turner served as a pallbearer and suffered great distress for an extended period after the funeral. An exceptional letter.
John Gage, the editor of Turner's letters, published this letter in 1980, without examination of the original. The published version appears to have several errors.
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