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Catalog Number KSc032310
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1850/04/20
Scope & Content Stony Brook, April 20th, 1850
Charles Lanman Esqr
My dear Sir,
Last week I had the pleasure to see Mr. Vanderline, he is a painter of eminence and deserves encouragement from his native state, and the world. I am pleased that he is engaged painting a whole length portrait of Gen Taylor for the Common Council of New 'York. They should do themselves honor by giving him one thousand dollars for the painting, but instead of that sum they only grant the author of "Caius Marius" five hundred dollars, so I hear. I hope you will pay Mr. Vanderline every attention and raise your pen in his favor.
Lanman, if you could write Vanderline's biography, it would immortalize you-he is a man of close observation, and is rich in materials. He is just the man for you, if you have the genius to gain his affections. I will take one copy.
The new rooms of the National Academy show off well. The large room, no. 1, contains about 84 pictures; 2 room, 77; 3d room, 88; and the 4th room 124 pictures-in all 373. One room is devoted to busts and statues, mostly of H. K. Brown. Bracket has one bust only, of Washington Allston, but it is very like. J. Mosier, one piece. The Star Gem'd Aurora Bust of Phillip Karney, by A. Piatti. Bust of Gen. Scott, by J. J. Ives, good. Brown has 13 works. In all 17.
We turned off in consequence of the marble room, nearly one hundred engravings, drawings, paintings, &c, and fine works too.
In portraits, Elliott is as fine as ever. G. A. Baker has improved greatly in portrait, so has Brother Shepard, and Thom Hicks. J. F. Kensett, F. E. Church, and D. W. C. Boutelle have done well. T. A. Richards is marching onward, Durand hits off Bryant's "Thanatapis," Regis Gignoux presents us with a fine snow scene, etc. Your picture of the Mountain Lake is in the Gem room, close by my picture Reading the Tribune, or News from the Gold Diggins.
Yours truly
Wm. S. Mount
The National Academy of Design, no 663 Broadway, opposite Bond Street.