DescriptionWalter Shirlaw Group Lot. This lot features a group of letters by and about Walter Shirlaw. Shirlaw was born in Paisley, Scotland, August 6, 1838. He is best known for his realist works such as pastorals and figure painting. His most notable paintings are, "Toning the Bell" and "Sheep-shearing in the Bavarian Highlands." He was one of the founding members of The Society of American Artists, and served as its first president. But most people perhaps associate him with the work he did on currency. He worked as an engraver early in his career, and created what many people deem as one of the true masterpieces to appear on American Currency: "Electricity Presenting Light to the World" which is a gorgeous interpretation of Knowledge and Light, with strong Roman influences, coming to man.
This lot consists of eight letters handwritten by Shirlaw, all measuring 5" x 8", on one sheet of folded paper. Also included is a letter written by Shirlaw's wife, and two envelopes one of which is signed by Shirlaw.
All the items are in good condition, with no major flaws whatsoever. The covers show the most age and have several tears on them as well as widespread soiling on the edges. The letters exhibit the expected folds, and have some onset of acid degradation. Otherwise a fantastic lot of a somewhat obscure but very talented artist. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.
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