Description: American artist Robert Fulton Ludlow (1846-1930) wrote these two autograph letters signed discussing his portrait of Robert Burns. In the first letter, dated Aug 29th, 1906, Ludlow writes to Mr. Fazackerly of the art gallery, Annesley & Co., that, “the Burns portrait stretcher is 25-30.” In the second letter, dated Sept. 10th, 1906, Ludlow writes to Annesley & Co. that he is “sending to you this morning the Burns portrait by expriss [sic]. Boxed with it you will find a news paper clipping speaking well of it. I would like to have it put with it. Will you please send word on receipt of it. Also when you will have it on exhibition.”
Robert Fulton Ludlow was a grandson of Robert Fulton (1765-1815), the first person to develop a commercially successful steamboat. Ludlow was a well-known portrait and landscape painter who studied in London under Benjamin West. Some of his best known works are: Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving, Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, and The Clermont, his ancestor’s first steamboat.
Each letter is written from Ludlow’s home in Claverack, NY and measures 8 3/8” x 10 7/8”. Item #A01162
Condition: Both letters have fold lines, toning along edges and small chips. The letter to Mr. Fazackerly is missing a 3” piece at the blank margin under the signature due to iron gall ink, not affecting signature. Overall good condition.