Saturday, 26 February 2011

Historic Prestonfield papers for sale

Bonhams, the Fine Art Auctioneer and Valuers, has put up for sale historic papers mainly of Sir Alexander Dick of Prestonfield.  Dick (1703-1785) was a physician who also became famous as the propagator of rhubarb - yes rhubarb - in the UK.  He was friend with literary scion James Boswall and the letters have links with Tobias Smollet, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith and David Hume.

Rhubarb, of course, is the name of the restaurant at the five star Prestonfield House hotel originally built in 1687.

More information, including extensive historic details, from the auction website here.  The sale takes place on 22nd March at their New Bond Street office in London.

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