RICHARD DOYLE Autograph Letter Signed.
ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Wilbury House, Salisbury. Tuesday, March 22nd. No year but with the year 1880 added in another hand. To Lady Reay.
I was kept a prisoner for six weeks in London owing to an attack of my last year's enemy bronchitis. Then I was ordered to Eastbourne for sea air, and then I came here to the Percy Wyndhams. But I cannot have the pleasure of seeing you on the 24th being told not to go out at night, and not to go back to town till March and its winds are over. I return to my very lonely residence the Burlington Hotel."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Fine.
Richard Doyle (the uncle of the author, Arthur Conan Doyle) was one of the greatest of the Victorian illustrators. He is probably best known for his work for 'Punch'. He drew the first cover and designed the famous mast-head for the publication and his drawings appeared in it for many years. He was also a prolific illustrator and was commissioned to provide illustrations for many books, including titles by Dickens and Thackeray.