Ellen Sickert to Barbara Leigh Bodichon

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Christmas Eve 1895. Autograph letter, signed, 4pp. 8vo., 788 Zattere, Venice.

Ellen Sickert, daughter of Richard Cobden, divorced from Walter Sickert (1860-1942), painter, in 1899.Sending season's greetings and news of their stay in Italy. 'We are very comfortably settled in Miss Leigh Smith's pretty little flat … [this may have been Barbara Bodichon's aunt Julia's] Is sorry Aunt Mary's manuscripts have been 'burnt in that terrible fire …' 'Poor Fisher has had no end of worry in consequence …' Janie wrote about it and said Dudley had offered that 'his poems should be published instead!' 'Walter is working very hard' and hopes to sell some paintings 'next spring in London.'