ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882). Six autograph letters signed (one with initials) to Alphonse Legros ('Mon cher Legros'), 16 Cheyne Walk, and Kelmscott, Lechlade, 3 December 1864 - 24 February 1874 and n.d., in French, together 18 pages, 8vo, 6 autograph envelopes.
ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882). Six autograph letters signed (one with initials) to Alphonse Legros ('Mon cher Legros'), 16 Cheyne Walk, and Kelmscott, Lechlade, 3 December 1864 - 24 February 1874 and n.d., in French, together 18 pages, 8vo, 6 autograph envelopes.

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ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882). Six autograph letters signed (one with initials) to Alphonse Legros ('Mon cher Legros'), 16 Cheyne Walk, and Kelmscott, Lechlade, 3 December 1864 - 24 February 1874 and n.d., in French, together 18 pages, 8vo, 6 autograph envelopes.

A series of letters illuminating Rossetti's attempts to help Legros during his early years in England. Rossetti informs Legros that he has found a buyer for a painting named 'les petits Moines', discusses, in four subsequent letters, the details of Legros's commission to copy the paintings of Lady Ashburton, including a Titian and a Giorgione, and, in the letter of 24 February 1874, suggests a number of possible solutions to 'circonstances contrariantes' brought on by the death of a 'M. Benson' ('j'ai le plus grand désir de vous être de quelque utilité si cela me fût possible').

Alphonse Legros, the painter, sculptor and etcher, came to England from France in 1863 in the hope of finding work. His initial acceptance was due in no small part to the efforts of Rossetti and George Frederick Watts. He was elected, in 1870, to the Slade professorship of fine art, and became a naturalised British subject shortly afterwards.

The lot also includes an autograph letter signed of William Michael Rossetti to Legros, 56 Euston Square, London, 24 May [1868], suggesting a meeting in Paris, 2½ pages, 8vo.
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