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['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.

Author: 
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]
Hitchcock
Publication details: 
Undated (but dating from 1905). On six leaves each with letterhead of the Hitchcocks’ home ‘Schuil en Burg, Egmond A/D Hoef, Holland.’
£500.00
Hitchcock

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’.

[Gari Melchers, American naturalist artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gari Melchers') to 'Wriggles' [Henriette Lewis-Hind?], regarding book and exhibition at Anderson Galleries, New York, with reference to William Edwin Rudge and Mitchell Kennerly.

Author: 
Gari Melchers [Julius Garibaldi Melchers] (1860-1932), American naturalist artist [Henriette Lewis-Hind; Mitchell Kennerly (1878-1950); Anderson Galleries, New York; William Edwin Rudge (1876-1931)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Century Club, 7 West Fortythird Street, New York. 13 April 1928.
£1,250.00

The name of the recipient is not clear: it would appear to read 'Wriggles', and the letter suggests that this is a pet name for Melchers' close friend Henriette Lewis-Hind, who wrote the foreword to 'Gari Melchers, Painter', published that same year in New York by W. E. Rudge. An excellent letter, full of content, beginning: 'My dear [Wriggles?]. | We only returned from the West Indies a week or two ago – had a fine time'.

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