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Description: John Sartain (1808-1897) English-born American artist was a miniature painter, engraver, magazine publisher and is recognized as the artist who pioneered mezzotint engraving in the United States. In this autograph letter signed, he writes to George B. Ayers [probably the Ayers who 20 years later buys Hesler’s photo studio and makes Lincoln photos from earlier negatives] and states in part: "If you desire to be an artist, either painter or engraver your best way would be to apply yourself assiduously to drawing . . . If you become an expert draftsman, the mere mechanism of either painting or engraving will be very easily learned. 10" x 7.5". Item #A00221

Condition: Two vertical & four horizontal fold lines, some mounting residue left edge not affecting text, tape repair verso. Otherwise, very good.