Document ReferencePl C 52/157
TitleLetter from Robert Smirke, Charlotte Street, London to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 29 Apr. 1801
Date29 April 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionExplains that he is anxious that his 2 sons, who are intending to go into the arts, should study the works of the great Italian masters; recent events mean that these works have been moved from Italy to Paris; both have honours from the Royal Academy which give them the privilege of visiting the Italian schools; has tried to put off their trip so as to not interfere with the will of Parliament, but their ages and circumstances mean he can defer no longer; asks that the duke therefore grant them permission to travel to France; hopes that his sons' successes will ultimately reflect on the country.

For the duke's draft reply to this letter see Pl C 52/36.
Termtravel, to France
education, artistic

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA15400Smirke; Robert (1781-1867); Sir; architect; designed British Museum; knighted 18321781-1867
NA41342Smirke; Robert (1752-1845); Mr; painter1752-1845
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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