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Priv Corr II.T.10.3/1


Anonymous note post dated by Soane


  • 4 Feb 1810
    Date added in Soane's hand

Extent and Medium

Small slip of paper


Papers relating to Soane's lecure dispute with the Royal Academy

Anonymous note asking if the recipient is disposed to go to hear Soane's lecture at the Royal Academy the following evening. 'It is expected that he will continue to make most illiberal attacks on Smirke's Theatre...'

Publication and Exhibition note

Published in Bolton Portrait, pp.148-150



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