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Lot 49

Peale, Rembrandt (1778-1860). Artist, noted for his portraits of George Washington and Napoleon.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Rem Peale"). One page, quarto, New York, November 29, 1835. In brown ink. To Prosper M. Wetmore, Regent of the University of New York. Three horizontal and two vertical folds, an abrasion measuring ½" at upper left starting from the edge, reinforcing strip verso along left edge, stains verso, and the paper is thin in one spot at lower left corner. In good condition overall.

Peale had written a book to be used by schools and families as a manual for drawing. Here, he implores Wetmore to review his book in hopes that the Regent might adopt the work as a suitable text for the University: "Permit me to solicit your examination of the second Edition of my Graphics, considerably improved. I am induced to hope that this mode of teaching Writing, by which the Student becomes possessed of the Art of Drawing, will be adopted for the public benefit by the Regents of the University.".
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,700.


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