London, 8 July 1909

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Thursday, (Sadler). Tate Gallery

To: Miss Frances Mantz, 5 Northcott Av., Wood Green, N

I hope you will enjoy your little holiday. I have got one this afternoon and dont know what to do with it. I hope you will take care of your daughter and “viva voce” [sic]. It was too wet for tennis last night and I must be good and go to the last class tonight so I shall have none today It is a case of next week again  au revoir

Ever your own Browning

[A fluent ‘mirror writing’ hand which reads legibly when held up to a mirror.]

The painting is by Walter Dendy Tate and dates to 1880. The Tate display caption reads: “Sadler was well known for his humorous scenes of religious life. In this picture, which is also known as ‘Tomorrow will be Friday’, he shows a group of Franciscans fishing. These friars, were forbidden to eat meat on Fridays, in commemoration of the day when Christ was crucified. In ‘Thursday’, Sadler wrote, ‘The background was made up from studies I had painted in Germany, with the help of some foreground studies made in the previous summer at Hurley on the Thames’. A pendant to this picture in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, called ‘Friday’, shows the friars enjoying their catch. The 1897 guide to the Tate noted that this picture ‘was one of three that commenced Sir Henry Tate’s collection’.”


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