|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1858/06/09|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, June 9th, `58
My dear Sir,
I painted the portrait of your friend Micah Hawkins, May 1856. But feeling I could improve it, was my reason for not sending it to you before. This is copied from a portrait by Lewis Child, the distinguished sign painter.
By removing the nails, the top of the box will come out. You can hang the painting in a good light by the string which is attached to the frame of the painting, or you can hang it up and exhibit it in the box, until you feel disposed to obtain an ornamental frame-size of the canvas 11 in by 9 inches. Hatfield & Co., frame makers, No. 6 Astor Place N.Y. will make you such a frame as you desire. You
will please accept this oil sketch of My Uncle from your friend, Wm. S. Mount.
P.S. You can dust off the picture with a silk handkerchief-but suffer no one to touch it with their fingers, as the work is fresh.
You only send the size of the painting to the frame maker.