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Autograph Letter, Signed, from Charles Ricketts to Laurence Hodson.
(London N.p. 1905) (2)pp. letter, together with the original envelope postmarked February 12, 1905. In this letter from Vale Press founder, illustrator, and designer Charles Ricketts to the private press collector and patron Laurence Hodson, Ricketts discusses art, a passion that the two men shared. Ricketts mentions a bust that Hodson purchased and that Ricketts was having mounted for him by W. Talbot Ready, a specialist in antiquities, adding, "I rather dread going to his place as it usually leads to my buying something exquisite; when I took your bust there I returned with a small Greek marble head." Ricketts also discusses an article that he wrote about the re-Raphaelite painter George Frederic Watts for The Burlington Magazine: "It has caused some offence in the New art quarters, if I had followed up with the Impressionists & with Whistler as I was asked to do, I should have to leave for Italy at once." He continues on with his opinion on the Impressionists: "Don't miss the impressionists, some 5 of the Degas are delightful most of the other things beastly, though many of them entertaining; the movement has been a curious side issue in modern painting Watts being a better impressionist & landscapist than Monet for instance who does interestig spaces of raw paint, on a mechanical scheme, inside monotonous shapes, with a wonderful gift for missing all affect at illision other than of a flat painted surface." In closing, Ricketts mentions that he and his partner Charles Shannon are soon embarking on a trip to Italy, and quips, "Anatole France had to be carried doen from the scaffoldage in the Sistina I hope the same thing won't happen to me!" Letter is creased from being folded to fit into the envelope, else fine.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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