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Catalog Number KSc032784
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1847/05/02
Scope & Content Stony Brook, May 2d. 1847
My dear Lanman,
Your letter is at hand. I thank you for kindly noticing my picture of the "Power of Music." It is quite flattering. By using the brush, you have the advantage over other critics, on art matters.
I have come oft' quite as well as I expected from under Mr. Briggs' quill. It is singular that he will not admit that I can paint a portrait. It may be that the truth of one of my heads may have brought to his mind recollections of mercantile niemory Or, he may fancy that no man must attempt to paint a map but neighbour Page, nor a landscape, because Mr. Page was never gifted in that way. The fact is, he echoes the sentiments of his favorite. However, I thank Mr. Briggs for his good intentions.
Your article in the Evening Post, comparing "Cole and Durand," is very well got up. It strikes me that Durand never has painted distance and sky like Cole, he must be home again. I believe that if Huntington would give his time to Landscape, that he would lick both of them great as they are. Your mentioning my brother as one talked of to paint the portrait of the Mayor is gratifying. Last friday I felt
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indifferent. I wanted to bask in the sun, like a black snake. It kills me to be kept from the mountain air, or the sea breeze.
Yesterday I made a good haul of fish and received the thanks of those that were troubled with empty bellies. I remain Yours truly,
Wm. S. Mount.
P.S. The books you so kindly lent me I forwarded to you by brother Shepard. I have just read the great fight between Major Campton and the ferryman.
The examination of your sketches "by the light of a blazing fire." The old chief and his family grouped around would make a fine picture.