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Catalog Number KSc032304
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1850/02/14
Scope & Content Stony Brook, Feb 14th, 1850
Messieurs-Goupil Vibert and Co.
Your circular, about the new school of art, "of sending one American student-or more"-to Europe to study the fine arts, at the expense of the International Art-Union, is a compliment that will not be lost upon my countrymen.
I hope, Gentlemen, that you will continue the management of the International Art-Union. I have long had a desire to see France, her great painters are dear to me. The works of Le Sueur, Le Brun, Poussin, Claude, Guerin, Regnault, Perrin, Jouvenet, Lairesse, David, and latterly, the Vernets, Delaroche, Scheffer, Debuffe, etc., all have given me instruction and pleasure (principally through engravings of their works). France has been illuminated by the works of her gifted painters, and Sculptors. All nations are magnified more or less, as they encourage art.
I would go to Paris tomorrow, if my engagements would permit. I am sorry I cannot accept at present your very kind and liberal offer to spend a year in Paris. I feel very greatful for the compliment.
I am anxious to see the engravings from my pictures of "Just in Tune" and Boys Trapping. Say to Mr. Wm. Schaus,
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that I expect to visit the City the last of next month, and will be happy to call and see him. The coloured engraving of "Music is Contagious" which Mr. Leon Vibert presented to me is very much admired.
I remain dear Sirs,
yours most truly,
Wm. S. Mount