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    Eugène Delacroix. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "E. Delacroix." One page in French, 7.75" x 10", n.p.; October 30, 1820. In this letter, addressed to one A. Piron in Paris, Delacroix responds of his Piron's recent expressions of disapproval. Delacroix writes [English translation], "Your reproaches, dear friend, are unjust. You will see I have not forgotten about you in a second letter I have sent your way. I waited for your response to [illegible] and in the meantime am sending you this one to get some news and find out of you are back in Paris. However I am not offended at all since I think you sometimes become alarmed in friendships because you care so much. But learn to know the one who will always delight in being your friend. I have over-the-top affection and hopes, I [illegible] and abhor all that is presented to me for the delivery of simple forms. That is why I pay no heed to those I dislike or to whom I am indifferent, and do not mind what they think of this. As for those whom I call friends, I would treat them with indifference if I did not think of it. I am so lazy and so caught up in whatever fancy I harbor in the moment that I forget and will forget about my friends more than once.... Here I present the declaration [illegible] friendship. All memories... are charming when they come up in my mind. You have been my loyal companion in the midst of people cold and strange to me during my... last stint in school. You must have judged me a confident man and I [illegible] without thought to the one he attached himself to. Yes, Dienet [?] is right, you are my friend and would be my friend after years of silence. We will remain so, I hope, until one of our deaths fills the other with deep sadness and regret for the loss of his school friend, of his loyal friend during life's storms. Your doubt hasn't offended me, it only proves your friendship more."

    The letter is accompanied by a carte de visite of Delacroix, 2.25" x 3.5" albumin print of a 2.5" x 4" mount, Paris; [circa 1860], by G. M. Legé (b. 1809). Delacroix name is signed in ink on the back of CDV, but it probably is not his signature.

    Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic School.

    Condition: In addition to the usual folds, letter has paper loss along edges, especially on the right hand edge, affecting a few words of text, as well as along the top of letter; iron gall ink from address sheet side has bled through, causing some paper loss; overall fair condition.


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