Description: Violet Oakley wrote this letter in August of 1919 to her friend, "My dear Mr. Price." Oakley had apparently acted as a reference for Price to join the Art Alliance that year; she wrote, "It has given me great pleasure to write the note to the Art Alliance, and to give you a perfectly good 'character' - and I congratulate the Alliance on securing so valuable a member. Come and help us build." After inquiring about Price's level of membership in the Alliance, Oakley asked him to "give my love to Anne, and tell her I can't quite forgive her for not telling me she was to read the last Sunday in July - I might just as well have gone to First Church that Sunday - but I am myself substituting for all the August services." Oakley was, herself, a devout member of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Philadelphia. Oakley signed her full name at the close of the letter.
Violet Oakley (1874-1961) was a highly regarded American illustrator and stained glass artist; she was the first woman to receive a commission for a public mural in America. She studied under Howard Pyle at Drexel, and began her career publishing illustrations in works such as Collier's and The Century Magazine. An accomplished muralist with works in churches, schools, and private homes, she was commissioned to create 14 murals for the Pennsylvania State Capitol. When the artist commissioned to create the murals for the State Senate and State Supreme Court passed away in 1911, Oakley took his place and eventually created a total of 43 murals for the building.
Written in violet ink on a sheet of Cogslea stationery (Cogslea was the second home Oakley shared with her close friends and fellow famous illustrators Jessie Wilcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green; they were joined at Cogslea by their friend Henrietta Cozens - the COGS in Cogslea came from the first initial of each surname.). The recipient was Warwick J. Price, a writer and Philadelphia resident.The Art Alliance is the oldest multidisciplinary arts center in the U.S. founded in 1915. The stationery measures 6.4" x 10" when unfolded. Item #A00694
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise in excellent condition.