Letter from DUKE OF RICHMOND to JAMES BARRY, written 1 September 1773, at Goodwood

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 242.

Charles Lennox (1735-1806), 3rd Duke of Richmond, founder member of the Society of Arts (1754), a friend and political ally of Edmund Burke, had commissioned Barry to paint Antiochus and Stratonice. Barry had written to say the picture was nearly finished (Barry to Richmond, 29 August 1773).

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Goodwood 1 September 1, 1773.

Sir,

I received yesterday your letter of the 29th of last month, and am obliged to you for the account you give of the schemes relative to St. Paul's.2

If I recollect right the picture of Stratonice has but four capital figures in it, the other two being only companions:3 however, I do not mean to value the picture by the number of figures. On the other side of this paper I send you a draft on my bankers for a hundred guineas, which I should hope you would think a sufficient price for the picture, but if you do not, I will immediately send you another draft for twenty more.

I beg you will send the picture to my house at Whitehall,4 and am, sir,

Your most obedient,
Humble servant,

Richmond, &c.