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Alvan Fisher to Charles H. Hall, Esquire, May 5, 1823

 Item — Box: SC-33 Box 1, Folder: Folder 1, Item: SC33.01.0.006
Identifier: SC33.01.0.006

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Transcription: PAID Charles H. Hall Esqre Newyork Care Thos H. Smith Boston Alvan Fisher May 5th, 1823 Recd 7th [?] Dedham May 5th 1823 Charles H. Hall Esqre Dear Sir, When I was in Newyork you observed that you thot it probable that I might dispose of some portraits of “Eclipse” should I paint them. I have completed four pictures of him in a superior Style. and I think from the best of my recollections of the horse, one better likeness’s than the one I brot on from Newyork to copy from - both in respect to form and colour. I may be mistaken in these respects, but think not in point of finish. the Animal is much better than the one I have - as a guide - I have been continually engaged on them since my arrival home - and have very [?] done from. I am now engaged on one other for Mr Van Ramst. Shall aslo if possible finish one of Bassora before your races commence. I shall be disposed to sell the portraits at fifty dollars each. which is very low for a single picture - Lower than I can well paint them for. If you now think I could effect a sale of them I would send them - or If there was a fair prospect of obtaining business - even enough to defray my expenses to Newyork. I would certainly visit your city as I wish very much to be present at the races. Your opinion on this subject will have much influence in determining me with regard to visiting Nyork or sending my Pictures. I beg you will excuse me for troubling you respecting my business. I certainly should not have done so, If I had not had proof on proof that you were friendly disposed towards me, and the Arts, or If I had any other person in Newyork to whom I could write. I have not heard what horse is to run against Eclipse. I should much like to know. Please to make my compliments acceptable to Mrs Hall – and your brother – I am Sir, respectfully yours Alvan Fisher


  • Creation: May 5, 1823


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1 folded leaf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. T. Kenneth Ellis

Related Materials

76.33.1, 76.33.2, 76.33.3, 76.33.4, 76.33.5, 76.33.6, 85.640

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Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States