Item No: cdc373601
Title: ALs to Thomas Webster
1 Devonshire Terrace
York Gate Regents Park
Twenty Sixth November 1847.
My Dear Sir
You are possibly aware that a Cheap Edition of my books--as far, at least, as Martin Chuzzlewit--is in course of publication, and that I purpose having a Frontispiece to each, engraved on wood from a design by some eminent artist. There is only one of these yet published, and that is from a Sketch by Leslie.
I need not say to you that I should feel any attempt thus slightly to connect what is best in English Art, with these stories, as most incomplete if it did not include your name. And I am particularly desirous to have for Nicholas Nickleby, which is now in course of publication, a sketch of the Yorkshire School from your hand.
It would be necessary to have it in February next. If you would make a colored sketch (I venture to make that request, in order that I may possess it, afterwards) which could be transferred to the wood block, subject to your approval, it should be engraved by Thompson with the greatest care. Allow me to add that the Publisher will be happy to accede to your own terms, or I should on no account trouble you with this note.
I will not attempt to tell you how much pleasure I should have in your assent to this proposal, for that would involve a bootless endeavour to express the delight I always have in the contemplation of your exquisite pictures.
Very faithfully Yours
Thomas Webster Esquire
Twenty Sixth November 1847
Rare Book Department
Webster, Thomas, 1800-1886
Sawyer via Sessler 1955
The Letters of Charles Dickens, Volume Five: 1847-1849, ed. Graham Storey and K. J. Fielding. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981, p. 203.
Creation Place Note:Devonshire Terrace
DL W398 1847-11-26
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 - Illustrator