Documents associated with: Hunt, William Holman
Record 9 of 13
System Number: 05250
Date: 21 July 1887
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R146
Document Type: ALS
5 ENDSLEIGH GARDENS.
21 July / 87.
I am fully convinced of the affectionate regard in wh. you held Gabriel, & of your respect for his genius & memory. I & others wd have been extremely well pleased to see you present at the little [p. 2] observance wh. was held last Thursday, but it never occurred to me - nor would occur to me - that your absence was due to any other than some matter of necessity
of or casualty.
I like the vivid character of Madox Brown's bust of Gabriel, & think the little monument as a whole looks well. The project had not [been] entirely smooth sailing, but [p. 3] I am contented with its result. I need not say that I had no personal concern in the form &c of the circulars sent out: from first to last I carefully kept myself in the background - the scheme being proper to Gabriel's friends & admirers, not to his family.
Always truly yours,
W. M. Rossetti.
[p. 4] 'William Rossetti
re. Gabriel Memorial Fountain'
A reference to the unveiling of a memorial drinking fountain to Rossetti at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Rossetti's house at No. 16 was opened to the guests who included Robert Browning (1812-1889), writer and poet [more], and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist [more]. Holman-Hunt presided over the ceremony. JW had written expressing his dismay at having inadvertently missed the occasion (#11084).