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Catalog Number KSc032452
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1854/03/14
Scope & Content Copy (in the hand of WSM)Stony Brook, March 14, 1854
Dear Sir,
A friend dropped me a line yesterday stating that a distinguished publishing house in N. York, has applied to the American Art-Union, with a view of purchasing the plate "Bargaining for a horse" for the purpose of making a large print from it, evidently the intention of injuring Mr. Schaus' publication of "Coming to the point." a variation of the "Bargaining" and painted by particular request for A. R. Smith Esqr. of Troy, N.Y., who has kindly given his permission to have it engraved in the highest style of Lithography in Paris, and Mr. Schaus has paid me two hundred dollars for the Copyright.
At the time I gave my consent to the Art-Union to engrave from my picture, I had no idea that they ever intended to sell the copy right. The engraving was made for the subscribers only. But, I know with sorrow that they did dispose of the old plate of the "Farmers Nooning," and what miserable impressions Mr. Appleton has thrown out to the world, a lie in comparison to the original and a disgrace to his taste. How a man can pick up dollars from a worn out plate, it is like a crow picking up a few pieces from an old dead carcass. I hope you will not suffer the small plate "Bargaining for a horse" to be sold for the purpose of being magnified, and thereby lose the spirit of the painting.
Please see Mr. Warner about it at once, if convenient. If another engraving is ever taken of the Bargaining, it should be from the original painting, and the artist paid for the copyright.
This has been a beautiful day, the birds are just now singing and all nature seems smiling, thereby convincing man that Heaven is some what an improved reflection of this Earth.
I look with pleasure to the time when I shall meet you at the opening of the Academy.
Yours truly,
Wm. S. Mount