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Prince Albert's Personal Papers

Papers relating to Prince Albert’s personal life and enthusiasms


Letter from Ludwig Gruner to Dr. Ernst Becker listing prints after Raphael that he has bought for the Prince Consort.

5 Feb 1858

Loose manuscript paper; mounted | 1 document (4 pages) (whole object) | RA VIC/ADDA10/85/365

Gruner writes that he will send off tomorrow the items he has bought for the Prince Consort [possibly from the Krüger auction mentioned in VIC/ADDA10/85/360]. There was too much demand for the David, no. 11, to buy it cheaply; everything good sold well. He did not buy no. 32, 'Poetry' because it was not good enough. The rest are well worth the prices he paid. He goes on to list his purchases (by catalogue number only, with no description) and the prices paid, and comments that he added the last, no. 215, because it is an outstandingly good print of which the original is rightly attributed to Raphael. The total sum amounts to £7.12.0., which he asks Becker to have paid into his London bank. Gruner comments that life will soon become calmer at court [no doubt a reference to the recent marriage of the Princess Royal] so that he hopes he may look forward to some decisions from the Prince. A note by Becker at the top of the letter records that he has acknowledged receipt and the money has been paid; another note on the reverse records that the letter concerns 'Stiche nach Raphael' - prints after Raphael.
  • Creator(s)

    Gruner, Ludwig: Director of the Königliches Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden (writer) [5 February 1858]

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)


  • 1 document (4 pages) (whole object)