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Catalog Number KSc032759
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1844/02/01
Scope & Content New York, 1st Feby, 1844
Dear Sir,
The American Art-Union (formerly Apollo Association), being desirous of procuring a picture suitable for their annual Engraving for the year 1845 and finding it difficult to obtain one already finished, have concluded to apply to a few artists to make for the Association a sketch (in Oil, Water, Pen or pencil) of a subject of a National Character, for which the Committee will pay each artist Twenty Dollars.
When the sketches are finished and sent to the Association, should the committee find one of a character such as they desire, they may or they may not (as the case may be) then negotiate with the artist for a finished picture of the same. The Committee however wish it understood distinctly, that in case they make a selection, that selection is by no means intended as a mark of artistical merit, as the sketch selected may be greatly inferior in point of execution to those of other artists, but may be of a character so peculiarly adapted to the object of the Assoc. as to induce the committee to select it. These remarks are made because the Committee wish to divest this project of the objectionable feature of offering a prize for competition.
The Sketch to be finished and sent
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to the office of the Association within two months from this date, and to be the property of the Association, for distribution among the members.
The Sketch to be a subject embracing not less than two and not more than five figures, and of a size not less than eight by ten inches.
Very respectfully Yours etc.
John P. Ridner
Cor. Secy., A.A.U.