Lot 638: Distinguished American architect (1853-1906) who was a leading figure of the 'Beaux Arts' movement. He is best known for his opulent mansions and for the second Madison Square Garden, where he was shot and killed in the roof garden theatre by the husband of actress Evelyn Nesbit in retribution for a long-ago affair. TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, McKim, Mead & White letterhead, February 4, 1895. Letter to sculptor Frederick W. MacMonnies. In part: "Bruce Price has just been in to see me. He is having Martiny and Massey Rhind (God forfend) make life size studies for some caryatides on the American Surety Building, an enormous twenty story building...It is necessary that the figure should be very rigid and architectural on account of the enormous weight they have to sustain above...French has finally backed out because he has so much he has on his hands at present." In fine condition, with intersecting folds. White commissioned J. Massey Rhind for sculptures on his own buildings, most notably on the Cable Building in New York which was completed a year earlier in 1894.
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