|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1846/11/07|
|Scope & Content||
New York. Nov 7, 1846
My dear Mount,
Why dont you write a fellow? But hold on, that has nothing to do with this letter. Just as soon as my Mississippi book comes out I intend to prepare for publication a volume about "Our Painters" and their productions. My original list of names contained nearly a hundred, but with the advice of a certain friend I have cut it down to eighteen names, viz, Cole, Edmonds, Mount, Durand, Chapman, Weir, Doughty, Sully, Fisher, Harvey, Brown, Huntington, Elliott, Inman, Ingham, Leutze, Page and Vanderlyn. I think it would be better to write good articles about these men, than to write one hundred articles that would have to be somewhat superficial as a matter of course. All the artists to whom I have mentioned my plan declare themselves pleased with it and have promised to furnish me with all the material in their power.
Now then comes the jist of my discourse. I want you to send me at the earliest possible moment
all the facts of your past history as an artist. I want you to give me particular answers to the following questions. Where and when were you born? How and where did you spend your boyhood and early manhood? What are the subjects of your principal pictures? For whom were they painted and what were the prices received? The truth is, I want all the information about you that I can possibly obtain, everything in the way of personal or pictorial anecdotes. I want to write such an article about you as an artist, as will be of sufficient value to be quoted throughout the, world. All the information that you may communicate shall never be seen by any eye but my own. I only want the facts, which I propose to clothe in my own language. The interest of my book will depend upon the amount of information I may obtain from the several artists, and you must do your duty to me and to your country. -I say to me, because I am one of your best friends. Dont you bolt
now, you strange child-giant man. Let me hear from you soon on this subject; tell me how it strikes you and what you will do.
I hav'nt anything new to tell you. Leutze's picture is the town talk, and truly magnificent. Where Sheppard and why dont he call upon me? The "Sketch Club" met last evening at Edmonds', I was present and had a pleasant time. Leupp, Sturges, Verplanck, Durand, and Huntington were there. Remember me to all your friends.