Lot 272: TLS signed "Yours sincerely, Lady Diana," one page, 7.25 x 9.25, Buckingham Palace letterhead, April 27, 1981. Letter to Christopher Biggs, in full: "I was very touched to receive the lovely painting you so very kindly sent me. You have painted the ploughed field most beautifully and the pheasants in the foreground too. Once again my very grateful thanks to you for such a kind thought and for sending me such a charming picture." Diana also adds "Dear Christopher" in her own hand and underlines the word 'lovely.' In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, and copies of two related letters, one from Diana's private secretary Oliver Everett, extending further thanks, and the other from Anne Pitcher, a tutor at Aldershot's Cambridge Military Hospital, sharing further background information on the painting. Following Prince Charles's proposal to Diana on February 24, 1981, Pitcher enlisted the help of Biggs, an 11-year-old disabled boy in her ward, to assist in making the soon-to-be royal couple an engagement present, a painting entitled 'Love in a Ploughed Field,' symbolizing the moment the pair had originally met. A charming letter composed just three months before the 'the wedding of the century,' greatly enhanced by its lovely backstory and the rare inclusion of her title as "Lady Diana."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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