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    Edgar Degas. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "Degas." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 5.25" x 8", Paris; Monday, n.d. This letter is addressed to "My dear Deschamps," but it is not clear if it is written to Louis Deschamps (1842-1902), the French painter or the London art gallery manager and art dealer Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908). It is probably the latter due to Degas's reference in this letter to Deschamps's London home. In this letter, Degas writes [English translation], "I must have a black mark on me in your home! If you do not receive the item by Wednesday it will be me you will see with it in hand and my apologies. I have had to disengage myself from [Fauré?] at all costs, as I told you. Remains [illegible], which he is already upset about. I truly cannot do anything fast, as I admit when pressed. I would like you here once a week to jostle me; all would go much better. Also, we have had such inclement weather, with heavy fog. My eyes are like sponges that absorb the least bit of water. A bad situation. I blush to write you again. Your ashamedly devoted, Degas.

    Talk to me of Renoir, who always asks for news of my paintings. And what of Rivey [the French artist Arsène-Hippolyte-Florent Rivey]? Have you received his painting? Why did he come tell me that a friend of his, passing through London, had not seen it at your home? The poor guy [Rivey] was saddened and humiliated."

    Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. Regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist.

    Charles Deschamps was the nephew and assistant of the art dealer Ernest Gambart. Deschamps moved to London at the siege of Paris in 1870, became Secretary of the Society of French Artists.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds; tear halfway through horizontal fold of pages 1-2; weakening of crease between pages 2-3 and slight paper loss at intersection of crease and horizontal fold; weakening in horizontal fold of page 3; surface dirt; fair condition.

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