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Letter 4815

Tegetmeier, W. B. to Murray, John (b) & Cooke, R. F.

17 Apr 1865

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    CD has asked him to supervise drawings of pigeons and fowls [for Variation]. Sends estimates for drawings and engravings by artists who do such work for the Field.

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Muswell Hill, N.

April 17 1865

Gentlemen1

My friend Mr Darwin has requested me to overlook the drawings of some pigeons and fowls for his forthcoming work. I have seen Mr Wells the Artist who has made the drawings for The Field his terms would be 30s/. per subject for drawing on the wood.—full page size. as he declined to undertake the engraving, I have seen Messrs Butterworth & Heath who have engraved our blocks and obtained an estimate from them which I enclose

I should prefer the drawings to be made by Mr Wells as he is exceedingly careful and truthful in his work. I am not at all particular as to the engraver, but as Messrs Butterworth & Heath engrave Mr Wells drawings very well I obtained the estimate from them, I should be glad of your authorization to enable Mr Wells to proceed with the work

I am Gentlemen | Yours obdtly | W B Tegetmeier

Messrs Murray & Co

I have left a specimen of the blocks as drawn and engraved for "The Field''

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    f1 4815.f1
    Murray had asked CD to send any correspondence to his cousin and partner, Robert Francis Cooke, during the first three weeks of April (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 6 April [1865] and n. 10).
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    See letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 March [1865], 28 March [1865], and [7 April 1865]. Tegetmeier refers to Variation.
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    The reference is to Luke Wells and to a series of illustrations of pigeons in the Field (see letters from W. B. Tegetmeier, 27 March 1865 and n. 5, and 10 April 1865, and letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [7 April 1865], n. 2). The Field was an illustrated weekly paper that carried articles on country pursuits and natural history; Tegetmeier was editor of the poultry section (see letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [after 27 February 1865]).
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    Butterworth and Heath were a firm of wood-engravers with premises at 356 Strand, London (Post Office London directory 1865).
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    Tegetmeier refers to the engraved wood blocks from which the illustrations for the series on pigeon breeds in the Field were printed (see letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 27 March 1865 and nn. 5 and 7).
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    Six of the engravings of pigeon breeds in Variation are signed by Butterworth and Heath (see Variation 1: 135, 137, 140, 145, 147, 152).
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