on his way back from St. Thomas hospital

Claude Monet : “Back in the Savoy hotel from St. Thomas hospital”

I bought this letter from Claude Monet in 1989 in Paris. Claude Monet was my favourite impressionist already at that time, so I was very very proud to hold a handwritten letter from this master painter in my hand. Monet made three successive visits to London in 1899 to 1901, when he worked on the great series of Views of the Thames. Mrs Charles Hunter (a friend of Sargent) had arranged for Monet to have a room in St Thomas’s Hospital, from which he painted the series of views of the Houses of Parliament, working only in the late afternoons so as to concentrate on backlit and sunset effects.

Only some years later  I acknowledged the content of this letter:

Monet was just coming back from St. Thomas hospital to the Savoy hotel talking about his experiences while painting.

Later in his letter he is talking about his day, having breakfast with his son in the hotel room and about he will be sad as on Sunday he will not be able to work at the hospital nor getting letters from his wife Alice. A nice 4 pages letter from the old master Claude Monet.

If you are interested on the other Claude Monet letter on my blog, click here

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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec – Calvé, Coquelin, Rostand

From 1896 to 1900, Toulouse-Lautrec conducted a correspondence with his English publisher, W.H.B. Sands, relating specifically to the making of Lautrec’s English Yvette Guilbert series and his lesser known album of actors and actresses Treize Lithographies. (The Henri de Toulouse Lautrec WHB Sands correspondence, edited by Herbert D. Schimmel and Phillip Dennis Cate, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1983)

The following letter is one of those letters from the correspondence between Sands and Lautrec.

(Paris),  1.3.(1898) – Lautrec writes to W.H.B. Sands: „Dear Sir, I am sending you Calvé, Coquelin and Rostand. Please send me the cheque of 600 for Byl as soon as you can…. I will send you the proofs of my drawings tomorrow or the day after . Yours truly H. de Toulouse Lautrec“

Edmond Rostand wrote his verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac for the actor Benoit-Constant Coquelin (1841-1909), and its premiere was held on 28 December 1897, at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin to great success. A few months later, Lautrec made this print of Coquelin in the title role. 

To see the work concerning Emma Calvé, please have a look for this page: 

This is my first letter by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and is signed with his rare full signature.

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Dear autograph community!

With this new blog, I want to bring you nearer to the fascinating area of collecting autographs. I concentrate my collection on fine signed photographs and on letters or fine signed books. As well I like exhibition catalogues (best if signed) very much.

When you look at good photos, there is a vibration which you can feel, you can be next into the situation captured by the camera. This is simply fascinating!

When you read a letter, you are overlooking the mind and the thoughts of the artists. Sometimes they were written in hazzle, sometimes with a calm. For us who are living in the Facebook-Age and get more & more uncommon to write something by hand, a fairly different feeling of looking at the emotions in the words as well in the handwriting. Faboulous !

I also get more and more inspired to integrate some of the autographs and integrate the content into something new. For me autographs are ART.

And now, please walk through and look at the most iconic artists of the 19th and 20th century. Enjoy ! and feed back is always welcome! I will try to write one or 2 times per month.