DescriptionArtists Archive of Letters. Group lot of 70 autograph letters signed and signatures by 19th Century artists, various sizes and dates. Includes as follows:
Claude Monet ALS, on Giverny par Vernon Eure letterhead, one page, 5.25" x 8.25", undated and signed in full. Affixed at corners to a scrapbook sheet alongside an image of the artist. Also, a second undated ANS by the artist, 7" x 4.5". Neither letter is translated, but both appear to be complying for a request for an autograph. Both in very good to near fine condition.
Joseph M. W. Turner ALS "JMW Turner", one page, 4.5" x 7.25", Oct. 26, 1834, to an unknown recipient requesting something be returned to him. Lightly soiled with a few foxing spots and small marginal tear at left. Mounting remnant on verso. Very good.
James McNeill Whistler ANS signed twice on black bordered stationery, one page, 4" x 6", June 11, 1901, declining an invitation. Signs in the third person in the text, "Mr. Whistler", with a second "butterfly" signature at closing. Hinged along left margin, near fine.
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8", Dec. 19 [n.y.]. Untranslated, in French. Half-inch by two inch chip at top left corner, and affixed to a scrapbook page. Light soiling, with bold ink and very good.
Charles-François Daubigny ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8.25", n.p., n.d. In French, untranslated. Affixed to a larger sheet beneath an image of the artist. A few wrinkles at corners, and a tiny marginal tear at bottom. Otherwise very good.
Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun LS, one page, 7.5" x 9", Paris, March 8, 1821. A lengthy letter in French. A few foxing spots at margins, else near fine.
George Cruikshank ALS, 6.5" x 8", Dec. 31, 1871, sending his autograph. Also a signature, 4.25" x 2.5", dated Jan. 13, 1844. Affixed to a larger sheet.
Winslow Homer ADS, one page, 8.25" x 5.25", New York, Aug. 23, 1875. A receipt for a payment of $130.00 received "In payment of picture 'Kept In'". Professional restoration to two tears are visible is evident resulting in a half inch-stain traversing the middle of the note, affecting 5 words, including "Winsl" in the signature. Holograph remains legible, and overall condition is good to very good.
Charles Dana Gibson two autograph letters signed, New York, circa 1901. Both letters are addressed to Mrs. E. Nevins of New Haven, CT. The first apologizes for missing her visit and the second promises to send a picture and mention his wife Irene is ill. Very good to near fine.
Thomas Moran ALS, one page, 5" x 8", New York, "April / Monday". To a Mr. E. Taylor Snow thanking him for selling one of his paintings. Near fine.
Carolus Duran ANS front and verso on his personal note card, 5.75" x 3.75", June 20, 1916. In part: "Value is in order, color, disorder. Vary values, simplify colors..." Near fine. With a second ALS, 2pp., 4.5" x 7", Paris, March 3, 1889; and a CDV of the artist.
J. Hopkinson Smith ALS on his embossed letterhead, one page, 4.5" x 7.25", n.p., n.d. Brief thank you note mentioning he has seen the Pan-American Expo a "few days ago". Near fine.
Thornton Oakley ALS on his personal letterhead, 2pp., 8.5" x 11", Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1923. Content regarding making arrangements for a women's exhibition. Lightly toned, otherwise very good.
Francois Gerard ALS, one page with attached integral sheet, 6.25" x 8", June 4 [n.y.]. In French. Toned, otherwise near fine, with a biography of the artist affixed to the integral sheet.
Wilhelm von Kaulbach ALS, 2pp., 5.5" x 8.5", circa 1850. Untranslated, likely in German. Affixed at the blank adjoined sheet. Toned, otherwise near fine.
Franz von Defregger ALS, one page, 4.5" x 7", circa 1880. In German, untranslated. With attached integral sheet and attached to a larger page. Near fine.
Josef Israel signature executed in paint on lined paper, 6.5" x 3.5", dated July 28, 1867. Affixed at corners.
Walter Crane signed drawing of a crane, Boston, Dec. 3. 1891. On heavy watercolor stock paper, 4.25" x 3.5", affixed at corners. Near fine.
Jean Gustave Jacquet illustrated ALS with three original drawings, in French, 4.5" x 7". Lightly soiled and mounted to a larger sheet.
George du Maurier ALS, 4" x 6.25", March 14 [n.y.], written directly beneath a letter inviting him to dinner; which he politely declines. Affixed to a larger sheet. Very good to near fine.
Randolph Caldecott ANS signed twice in the third person, one page, 4.5" x 7", Kensington, March 14, 1884. Accepting an invitation and telling of his travel plans to the country. Affixed at one corner of the adjoined sheet. Mat burn affects lower half of the letter.
Max Beerbohm signature on a small slip, 2.5" x 1.25". Mounted.
Friedrich Augustus von Kaulbach SP, cabinet card reproduction of his painting of a mother and child; boldly signed on the mount. Affixed to a disbound scrapbook page.
Hablot Knight Brown ALS, two pages, 7.5" x 9", Croydon, June 11, 1851. The Dickens illustrator writes regarding a loan. Three small mounting remnants along left margin. Slight toning, otherwise very good to near fine.
Paul Delaroche ALS, one page, 5.25" x 7.5" on blue stationery, n.p., n.d. Untranslated. Hinged to a larger sheet.
Edouard Detaille ANS accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, Dec. 23, 1887. In French , responding to a request for an autograph. Affixed to a larger sheet. Near fine.
Jules Lefebure ANS complying with a request for an autograph, 4.5" x 3.5", April 8, 1892. Cardstock, affixed to a larger sheet.
Frank Brangwyn ALS, 2pp., 8" x 10.5", August 1, 1915. Good content regarding artistic development. With original transmittal envelope, affixed to a larger sheet.
Jean Paul Laurens ANS on the front and verso of his calling card, 4" x 2.25". Very good to near fine.
Jean-Louis Hamon ALS, 2pp, 5.25" x 8.25", Rome, April 6, 1866. Lengthy letter in French. Affixed to a larger sheet at integral sheet.
Emanuel Leutze brief ANS on a small sheet, 3.25" x 2.5", mounted to a larger sheet.
Alphonse De Neuville ANS, 3.5" x 4.5". Mounted.
Constant Mayer ALS complying with a request for an autograph, New York, July 31, 1866. Mounted.
Charles Chaplin ALS, front and back of a small note card, 4.5" x 3.5", Paris, January 25, 1888. Hinged at left margin. Fine.
Georges Clairin ALS, 2pp. (pages 1 and 3 of conjoined sheets), 5.25" x 8.25". Untranslated. Mounted at corners to a larger sheet.
Eugene Carriere ALS in French, one page, 4.5" x 6.75", July 1898. Affixed to a larger sheet.
Edward W. Redfuield ALS, one page, 8.5" x 11", March 24, 1901. Thanking the recipient for selling one of his paintings and giving news of how his painting titled "The Birches", is being received at the New York Show. Light soiling and creasing.
J.L. Dyckmans ALS, two pages, front and verso, 5" x 8", July 16, 1863. Hinged at left margin.
P.A. Cot ALS, one page, 4.5" x 7", March 13, . Hinged at left margin.
C. Cattermole signature and closing from a letter, 3" x 1", mounted.
Antoine Coypel DS, partially printed on vellum, 7.5" x 5.5", September 6, 1704. Affixed at left margin.
Antonio de la Gandara ANS, with paper loss to text. Affixed to a larger sheet. Fair condition.
Eduard Grutzner ALS, two pages, untranslated, in German. Mounted at conjoined sheet.
Henriquel Dupont ALS, one page, 4" x 5". Affixed at conjoined sheet.
Wilhelm Camphausen ALS, 2 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Dusseldorf, Oct. 2, 1870. In German, untranslated. Affixed at conjoined sheet, otherwise near fine.
Thomas Couture ALS with a lengthy postscript signed with his initials, 5.25" x 8.25", Paris, Nov. 22, 1866.
Jules Dupre ALS, one page, with attached address cover postmarked Paris, Oct. 15, 1842. 5.25" x 8". Light soiling, hinged at left margin.
J.J. Henner ANS on a small notecard, 4.5" x 3.5". Mounted.
Paul Helleu ALS, one page, 8.25" x 12.5", mounted.
Narcisse Diaz ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8", mounted.
Charles Emile Jacque ALS in French, 3pp. with a postscript, 5" x 8". Hinged at left margin.
Maurice Boutet de Monvel signature and sentiment on a card, 4.5" x 3.5". Mounted.
Edward Burne-Jones ALS, 4.5" x 7", July 24, 1861, sending an agreement to rent rooms. Mounted, with light soiling.
Jean-Charles Cazin ALS, three pages, 4" x 6", April 25, 1882. In French. Mounted to a larger sheet.
Julien Dupre ALS, one page, 5" x 5.5", April 6, 1898. Mounted at conjoined sheet.
Eugene Fromentin ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8.25". Mounted.
Paul Chenavard ALS, two pages with conjoined sheet, 5.25" x 8.25". In French.
Fernand Cormon ALS, one page, 4.5" x 7", in French. Mounted.
Jules Guerin signature on a card, 3.5" x 1.75". Mounted.
Ernest Hebert partially printed form listing his biographical data, 6.5" x 7.5". Information listed includes his year of birth, birthplace, honors received and current address. Mounted to a larger sheet. Very good.
Laurence Alma Tadema ALS, one page in purple ink, 5" x 6.5", Pittsburgh, Feb. 27, 1907, complying to a request for an autograph. Very good. Matted to an overall size of 13.5" x 11".
Alexandre Cabanel ALS, one page, 4" x 5.25", Paris, Feb. 1, 1861. Mounted at integral sheet.
Eugene Verboeckhoven ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8", Bruxelles, October 18, 1847. Untranslated, in French. Mounted.
Hippolyte Flandrin ALS, one page, 5.25" x 8", Paris, January 9, 1858. On black bordered stationery, and mounted.
Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant signature and sentiment on a card, 4.5" x 3.5". Paris, Dec. 4, 1884. Mounted.
Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret ALS, 2 pages, 4.5" x 7", August 28, 1885. In French. Affixed to a larger sheet.
Maurice Leloir ALS, one page, 4" x 6.5", with address panel on verso bearing Paris postmark. Hinged at left margin.
M. Chartran signature on a small card, 3.5" x 1.75", Washington, March 1902. Hinged at left margin.
With a printed menu for a dinner given in honor of William T. Smedley containing over thirty artists' signatures including: Childe Hassam, Henry Loomis Nelson, Charles Dana Gibson, Augustus St. Gaudens, Robert Reid, E.W. Humphreys, Robert Howard Russell, and many others. Menu is 4pp., 6" x 9", Nov. 22, 1892 and is designed by Charles S. Reinhart, who is also a signer.
This lot includes many supplementary items including reproductions of many of the artists' works, photos of the artists, and clipped bios. Should be reviewed for content and condition.
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