Reporting on unsuccessful attempts to obtain busts in Birmingham, England, in an autograph letter, signed 12 March 1867, from Walsall, England, to American editor and publisher Evart Duykinck.

8vo. 2 pages, approximately 250 words. In part: "I have not forgotten your commission, but up to the present moment have been very unsuccessful in my searches. I met with three or four heads in Birmingham & have sent them out with half a dozen you may not want but you are quite welcome to the lot." Hill, a native of Birmingham, emigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child, studied at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, spent a successful sojourn in San Francisco in the early 1860s, and traveled to Europe for further study in 1866. Returning to the west, he became a prominent landscape painter, and is perhaps best known for his The Last Spike, a commemoration of the completion of the overland railroad. Folded, but very good. Item #48223

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