March 9.1864

Copy outletter book British Library Add MSS.55382 P. 267

Dear Miss Yonge .

What you received is an original drawing – not a proof. I am glad you like it so far. I want to reproduce it by the photolithographic process which is at once cheap and accurate. The artist is a very promising young man who is almost self taught & who has done some charming oil[sic].1 He wanted to try his hand on book illustrations, and this seemed a good chance for him, if it did not please you, no matter, and if it did then we could have something to make this new edition look lively. Will you kindly send me back the drawing, I shall send him your criticism.

I am dear Miss Yonge
Yours very faithfully
A. Macmillan

1Robert B. Farren (b. 1832), later an artist and illustrator but at that date working as curator of a geological museum in Cambridge. There are many letters to him in this volume of Macmillan’s correspondence, and, as later letters reveal, Macmillan pressed CMY to allow him to illustrate a number of her books.

Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/1943/alexander-macmillan-to-charlotte-mary-yonge-9

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