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Camille and Lucien Pissarro Joint Autograph Letters Signed

Rare father-and-son joint handwritten letters from Camille and Lucien Pissarro

Estimate: $1500+

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Rare father-and-son joint handwritten letters from Camille and Lucien Pissarro

Wonderful joint pair of ALSs in French by Camille (“C. Pissarro”) and Lucien Pissarro (“Lucien”), three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.5, both dated February 18, 1888, and addressed to their wife and mother, Julie Vellay. In Camille’s handwritten letter, which comprises the second and third pages, he informs his wife that he is sending her 300 francs and asks that she write to him as soon as possible to let him know that she has received it. He also enquires if he should give 100 francs to Amelie, commenting (translated) “I still have some small business and another more important in the pipeline, if that succeeds I could still give something to one of the two who will not have received anything. I have to buy Georges a pair of boots and an umbrella etc.” He concludes by remarking that he hopes to return to Eragny soon to prepare some paintings.

Lucien’s letter, which constitutes the first page, reads, in part: “I've been out of work for 15 days now, so I took the opportunity to draw a little and try to have some illustrations to do – I have to go and see if there's anything to do at the studio tonight. I didn't waste my time because I saw a lot of people and I hope to be able to have drawings in the newspapers or in books at some point, because that is the future for me.” Lucien notes that they received the basket that she had sent and that Georges [Pissarro] is very happy with his wood. He concludes: “Goodbye, my dear mother, kiss all the children for me, I kiss you too, your son who loves you.” In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Art, Literature, and Classical Music
  • Dates: May 22, 2024 - June 20, 2024

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