1817.034: Circular soliciting Annual Exhibitions for Virginia Museum of Art.

Published: 1817

Full Title: Sir, the building for the Virginia Museum, in this city is now nearly completed, and the establishment will, we flatter ourselves, be opened early the ensuing summer. It is our wish to have annual exhibitions of the works of art. they will enable the public to form a just estimate of individual talent, and have a tendency to improve general taste. Many artists have productions on hand, which they would like to dispose of, in Richmond ... The first annual exhibition to take place the first Monday in October next; each individual sending any specimen of art must have it framed, and may be assured attention will be used to place it advantageously ... Sir, Your humble servants, [blank] Richmond, Virginia. [Blank] 181[blank].

Author: Virginia Museum of Art

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pgs.]; 26 cm. x 20 cm. (broadside).


Only known copy, held by the New York Historical Society, lacks colophon; publication date is established by manuscript completion of blanks therein, signed by managers James Warrell and Richard Lorton on March 4, 1817; the pair was authorized to construct their museum on the Capitol Square in 1815; however, the letter's text offers no clues as to the Richmond job-press issuing it, so the indeterminacy here.

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