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Lot #613
Camille Pissarro Autograph Letter Signed

"Very deep fog so thick it can be cut with a knife"—an Impressionist observes London

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"Very deep fog so thick it can be cut with a knife"—an Impressionist observes London

Highly regarded French painter (1830-1903), one of the leading figures of the impressionist movement, best known for his distinctive pointillist style. ALS in French, signed “C. Pissarro,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 6.75, black-bordered letterhead, September 14, 1898. Letter to his son Rodolphe, written from the Hotel d'Angleterre in Rouen. In part (translated): "I received your letter that your mother sends me. I had completely forgotten about the music instrument and I write to your mother to pay it and I will pay her back. I hope you do not forget your exercises. Don’t mess with this. You know it is absolutely necessary to develop your chest and I recommend it seriously. You can not stay in London later than September. October is very bad to do the cross over of the channel. You will have to come back around the 20th. It means in a few days chose the right day. If you need a warm coat, you may have one made. I will send you the price of the channel crossing. Please write to me as soon as possible so that I can send you the money and tell me if you need anything else. Don’t forget to write to me by return post and answer everything I ask you. What you tell me about the discussions on the climate doesn’t mean anything. For many years humidity has also been considerable in France and a little less in England, but we have to consider the fact in a more justified way and it is evident that London in particular, and England in general, are the country by excellence of mist, of very deep fog so thick it can be cut with a knife. So, no mistake about that. We don’t need to be smart to know this. Amen. Tobacco is very good. I will send you the newspapers. In thinking over and I think it better that I send you immediately the money for your channel crossing. 50 francs. If you need more for something else, tell me how much." In fine condition, with old tape reinforcement along the inner hinge.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Prince
  • Dates: #627 - Ended January 12, 2022

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