May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 23

Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
WOLCOTT, OLIVER; JR. Autograph Letter Signed, "Oliv: Wolcott," to PA lawyer and President of the Academy of Fine Arts Joseph Hopkinson, concerning a request that a work of art depicting Cupid be duplicated at the Academy of Fine Arts, including some joking about Cupid's desirability among the ladies. 2 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet, with detached address leaf; separation at vertical fold (touching signature with minor loss) repaired verso with tissue, minor bleedthrough, toning at edges. New York, 23 March 1811

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". . . It seems that Cupid is much admired by the Ladies of New York, several of whom have requested that his Godship may be permitted to visit their apartments, for the purpose of being copied; . . . [I]f such . . . should be permitted, very many & very important Copies would be taken, but . . . the divine original itself, would soon . . . be the worse for wear . . . ."