GIFFORD, THE HUDSON SCHOOL and SWINBURNE. Autograph letter signed by American poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard, to Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1868
Lot 74
GIFFORD, THE HUDSON SCHOOL and SWINBURNE. Autograph letter signed by American poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard, to Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1868
£400 - 800
US$ 670 - 1,300
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GIFFORD, THE HUDSON SCHOOL and SWINBURNE
Autograph letter signed by American poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard, to the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, introducing his friend Sanford R. Gifford, "one of our best landscape painters" who is shortly to visit London, one page, lined paper, neatly inlaid, 8vo, New York, 25 May 1868

Footnotes

  • 'ONE OF OUR BEST LANDSCAPE PAINTERS': Sanford R. Gifford is introduced to Swinburne. Sanford Robinson Gifford, the great 'luminist' Hudson School painter, travelled to Europe that year with his fellow artist Jervis McEntee. He no doubt, as was the custom at the time, carried this letter of introduction with him to present to Swinburne upon their meeting. It seems as likely as not that the two actually did get to meet, otherwise this letter might be expected to have remained among Gifford's papers: these were presented by his heirs to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution (the entire archive scanned on line). We can find no record of any letter by or about Gifford having appeared for sale.
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