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Letter from artist to Sir G. Scharf, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 16 December 1871, giving an account of his life.
 

Stephen Pearce
16th.Dec. 1871
54, Queen Anne Street
Cavendish Square

Dear Mr. Scharf.
I was born on Nov.16th. 1819 at the Kings Mews* - Charing Cross - my father holding a Clerkship in the Master of the Horse's Dep.! I was educated at King's Coll. London, & my first attempts in drawing & painting were of horses I used to ride. I was very nearly sent as a

* where the National Gallery now stands.