Lot 584: American artist, author, and traveler (1796–1872) best known for his Indian Gallery, a monumental collection of paintings documenting the quickly vanishing customs, costumes, and cultures of various Native American peoples in their natural environment. ALS signed "G. C.," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date, but circa 1840. Letter to an unidentified gentleman, in part: "Returning too late from Preston I could not reach your house on Sunday evening & my avocations since have been such as to prevent me as yet from calling on you. I leave at an early hour tomorrow (Tuesday) for Manchester…In any correspondence you may have relative to Col. Sherburne I pray that (though you are at liberty to make use of the information I have given you) you will make little use of my name as you well can, as I would rather study peace than war with such a person." In fine condition, with pencil notation under signature and some small holes along hinge. Catlin struggled to sell his work in America and hoped for success across the Atlantic, first leaving for a tour of European capitals in 1839, where he initially attracted crowds to his Indian Gallery in London, Brussels, and Paris.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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