|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1852/12/28|
|Scope & Content||
New York, Dec. 28th, 1852
The painting of the witch of Endor raising Samuel which I purchased of you some years since has to me a peculiar value as one of the early fruits of your genius. But I would like to have from you an account of your first efforts at drawing, colouring, shading and painting. What induced you to turn your attention to Historic painting.
The History of the painting in my possession, with a narative of the circumstances, trials, troubles, advantages and disadvantages and encourgagements
which you met with in painting this one of your earliest pictures, and why you abandoned the Historic style for the one in which you have become so eminent. In short, I want a brief history of your life as connected with painting. I hope always to retain your painting and want to know under what circumstances of encouragement and discouragement it was undertaken and finished, and why you abandoned that style for the one which has given you so much fame and reputation.
Your portrait of me is very much admired. Please give me
a call when you come in town. Be pleased to congratulate your niece the late Miss Seabury for me and believe me
|Credit line||Museum Collection.|