Description: American expatriate artist Toby E. Rosenthal (1848-1917) penned this seven page letter in 1888 to an owner of one of his paintings in which he regrets that the owner, Mr. Manheimer, did not send the painting to Munich for an exhibition. He writes: “I was made quite unhappy in having learned the impossibility of your picture coming to the exhibition, it would have been of the greatest help to me, and would have done me the greatest services for the future.” Rosenthal goes on to ask for Mr. Manheimer’s help in a business transaction with their mutual acquaintance, a Mr. Oehme, who has not responded to Rosenthal’s letters about a finished painting. He writes: “The painting was completed in May and I informed him of it, but recieved[sic] no answer. In July I wrote to him again but the second letter has also remained unanswered.”
Rosenthal lived in San Francisco for much of his childhood, studying drawing and painting with Bacon and Arriola before he moved to Munich, Germany at seventeen to study at the Royal Academy there. He painted mostly figural compositions, portraits, and genre scenes, and he won medals in Philadelphia and in Munich for his work.
The letter is written on two sheets of folded paper that measure 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” when unfolded. Item #A00975.
Condition: A couple of small stains, tear repaired with archival tissue on second sheet of paper, otherwise in very good condition with a neatly flourished signature.