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Everett Shinn Writes Isabel Herdle


Ken Aptekar
United States

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on wood, bolts, sandblasted glass
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2002.1a-d
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Location: Not currently on view

The text on the overlay reads as follows:

New York, January 25, 1945, Everett Shinn writes Isabel Herdle.
Thanks her for interest in acquiring work for museum. Offers her price of $300 and $250 respectively for Sullivan Street and a Paris street scene.
March 6 Everett Shinn writes Isabel Herdle.
Exhibition in New York so successful sixteen pictures sold, including Paris street painting. Does she want Sullivan Street for museum or not?
March 20 Everett Shinn writes Isabel Herdle.
News about who bought what from his successful exhibition. Thanks for "all your interest." What is the decision about Sullivan Street? Admits he feels he deserves a reply.
April 24 Everett Shinn writes Isabel Herdle.
Wonders if he is not an artist but a solicitor for charity. Asks that she "unwind these coils of delirium and make it definite about the painting." Underlines in pencil the next typed sentence: Do you wish it or do you not wish it?
April 24 Everett Shinn writes Isabel Herdle.
Pleads for answer. In post-script writes, "I am not starving for recognition or money but I have a genuine hunger for getting things done that have been started."
May 1, 1945 Isabel Herdle writes Everett Shinn.
Check for $300 on its way. Claims she couldn't write before definite verdict on availability of funds. Apologizes for delay: Florida jaunts of acquisition committee members, illnesses, museum founder's death, election of new committee, snow storms.

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See Everett Shinn's "Sullivan Street" (MAG 45.45), upon which this work is based.

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