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Catalog Number KSc032773
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1844/02/27
Scope & Content Norwich Conn., February 27th, 1844
My dear Mount,
I thank you most sincerely for the paper you sent me a few days ago. It cheers my heart to be thus remembered by those whom I esteem and admire as I do you. That tribute to the lamented Allston by Vanderlyn was just; such are the right kind of echoes to come from a painter's heart. How comes on that beautiful little sleeping creature of your pencil ? My first impression of that picture was not very favourable but I now think it a fine thing, and my attachment to it is that of a lover. I suppose you'll have it in the Academy? What else are you getting ready? For my part I intend to send four, two still water sunsets, one forest scene and one waterfall; and I confess that I shall be disappointed if they are not found to possess some qualities that will redeem them from the destiny of mere daubs. O it is indeed a very difficult thing to produce a good picture, but when done, it is a blessing that we can feel ourselves compensated for our pains by the conciousness that we have created something that may live a few days after we ourselves are gone. My forest picture is 30 by 40 inches. and, in my opinion, the best thing I have ever painter. Its a real Michigan forest and an entirely original subject; I am hesitating what figures to introduce, a couple of deer or a hunter and his dog. The fact is I cant expect to do much in my way until I have taken sketches for three or four summers.
According to my present plans I shall probably spend the coming summer among the Lakes of Michigan and
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the Mountains of Vermont. I would give a hundred dollar bill to have you accompany me, but I suppose you would act as heretofore-pass by me as the idle wind which you regard not. Spring'll be here in a few days and you must keep your promise to make -me a visit. Hazen wants to see you very much, and so do my father (who has just returned) and mother and sisters. I should rejoice to have you come for many reasons, one of which is, that you might criticise my pictures before I send them to the Academy. Please answer this letter soon, and designate the time you will come. Tell me all the news in the world of Art.
Truly yours
Charles Lanman
P.S. The Whigs are carrying everything before them in this State and they undoubtedly will throughout the Union.