London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
FORSTER, John (1812-1876). Autograph letter signed ('J.F.') to W. J. Fox, '58 L[incoln's] I[nn] F[ields]', Monday 2 December 1844, three pages, 12mo, with postmarked envelope with red seal (both laid down at edges and window-mounted on card).
AN INVITATION TO DICKENS'S READING OF THE CHIMES. Forster, the literary critic of the Examiner writes to William Johnson Fox of the Daily News: 'Dickens proposes to read us his little story. It is a tea party - D. objecting to anything more jovial - & we assemble punctually at 1/2 past 6. Tomorrow. Tuesday. Come, if you can. D is in town for 4 days only!!'. Forster entertained frequently at 58 Lincoln's Inn Fields (described in Bleak House as Mr Tulkinghorn's Chambers); those who attended the reading on 3 December were portrayed in Daniel Maclise's sketch of the occasion and included Carlyle, Stanfield, Blanchard, Jerrold, Fox, Harness, Frederick Dickens and Alexander Dyce.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Ahead of Christie's inaugural European Paintings auction on 31 October, Arne Everwijn discusses Courbet’s radical nudes
Christie’s Islamic Art specialist Xavier Fournier explains all you need to know about these exquisite embroidered panels