Autograph letter signed to “My dear Montgomery”, reading “I am just about to pack and send off your two drawings of Athens – after all without any ‘howls’ – large or small. But I have to thank you for your criticism about the Parthenon, and it is bestonishing how much the drawing has improved since I have done away with the dark shadow and the thundercloud. I could not have fancied so great a change for the better, but the fact has been that I am often so blinded by the glare of Jenny Sneak’s Hotel, that I do not well see what colour I do or do not use.
I hope you will like the drawing now much better than you did, though I acknowledge it has many imperfections – and when I have completed one more Athenian drawing […] I never intend to do any architectural subject anymore, but to stick to pure landscape – trees – plains – hills – rivers – toads etc – but no prominent building henceforth and forever, my sight having been so injured by this Cursed Hotel that I cannot trust my one remaining eye for lines, diameters, hexameters, thermometers. The 2 drawings are to be left in charge of Messr. Foord & Dickenson […] until you direct when and where they are to be sent. And you can now at your pleasure and leisure, pay me the £70 in a crossed cheque sent me here by post – the casual way – or by paying the same into my account”, four pages, splitting along central fold, folding marks, scattered foxing, browning to ink, small 8vo , Villa Emily, Sanremo, 16 April 1881.
Plus another item (2) [which I suppose is the picture letter, dated “23. Aug.t” so perhaps unrelated.]