DescriptionEdgar Degas Autograph Note (Unsigned) to Walter Sickert on his personal calling card. 3.5" x 2.88" (sight), one ivory card, printed "E. Degas" center and "21, rue Pigalle" bottom left. Written in the artist's hand, inscription reads (in English): "Well good and late . . . Remember: I've held the letter from Bartholomé."
The envelope is addressed, not in the artist's hand, to a Mr. and Mrs. Sickert in South Hampstead, London. Walter Sickert (1860-1942) was an English artist who was friends with and influenced by Degas. The two artists first met in Paris in 1883 when Sickert was working for James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Sickert was tasked with transporting Whistler's "Portrait of the painter's mother" to the Salon and delivering letters to Manet and Degas. A few years later in 1885, Sickert encountered Degas again, this time in Dieppe. There, the young Sickert posed for Degas's "Six Friends" (1885), a work of pastel on paper depicting the Englishman on the left of the group with his back turned to mark his status as foreigner.
Card and envelope matted together with an image of Degas to an overall size of 14" x 11". Slight discoloration to the envelope.
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