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Catalog Number KSc032789
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1847/09/07
Scope & Content New York, September 7th, 1847
My dear Mount,
I did not accept your very kind invitation to make you a visit, for I had gone home to see a sick mother when your letter came; I should be delighted to go and see you now, but I am so busy that I cannot think of such a thing.
Enclosed I send you an article on the fine Arts, and also an adventure of mine which I think will amuse you. I have seen your picture of the Novice. I like it hugely, the expression and drawing are faultless. In one or two particulars, friend Mount, you have been a little careless. (Now dont frown upon me my friend, for you know I think you the greatest painter on the Continent) How do you manage to throw the same tone of color alike over that brick wall, that stick of timber, the underpining and the ground? Is it right? I think too that the shadows of your whites are not exactly the thing, they are too yellowish; and there is not quite atmosphere enough in the landscape. You have triumphed in the two grand features of a picture, but in color you can do better. Forgive me my dear Mount and write to me soon. Kindest regards to your sister.
Yours most truly,
Charles Lanman