Original signed letter by Gabriel Dante Rosetti, written in 1854. The letter was written to Benjamin Leigh Smith, father of the artist/feminist Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon. It concerns the return to London of Elizabeth Siddel after a period of convalescence in Hastings with the Leigh Smith family. She returned with Rosetti on June 26th of that year. It is written on mourning paper with a black border as Rosetti’s father had recently died and the paper has a water mark for the year 1853. One sheet folded with three sides written on.
Thursday 22 June
14 Chatham Place Blackfriars Bridge
My dear Sir
It was only yesterday that I wrote to Miss Siddal making an arrangement for her returning to London