['You poor man!'] Long anguished Draft Letter, in Autograph, signed ‘Your wife’, from Henrietta Hitchcock (the future Henrietta Lewis-Hind) to her husband the American artist George Hitchcock, on his leaving her for his student Cecil Jay.

Henriette Lewis-Hind (d.1937), wife of American painter George Hitchcock (1850-1913) and then of English art critic Charles Lewis-Hind (1862-1927) [Gari Melchers (1860-1932), American artist]
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Undated (but dating from 1905). On six leaves each with letterhead of the Hitchcocks’ home ‘Schuil en Burg, Egmond A/D Hoef, Holland.’

The anguished response of a rejected wife to the husband who has abandoned her; such an extraordinarily raw document rarely survives, much less in a mostly explicable context (apart from an unexplained reference to an ‘accident’). For the background to this item see Janice Oresman, ‘Gari Melchers’ Portraits of Mrs. George Hitchcock’, Archives of American Art Journal, vol.20 no. 3 (1980). American painter George Hitchcock (1850-1913) had settled in Holland (where he lived until his death) around the time of his 1881 marriage to Henriette W. Richardson (d.1937), known as ‘Miggles’.

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