Autographed Letter by J. Francis Murphy
John Francis Murphy
Ink on paper mounted to paperboard
December 20, 1894
Sheet (letter): 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (22.2 x 14.6 cm)
Sheet (paperboard): 9 5/8 x 6 3/8 in. (24.4 x 16.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in ink: "J. Francis Murphy"
Gift of Edward C. Blum
The letter, which had been folded into thirds, reads as follows:
The Chelsea Dec 20 1854 / Dear Mr. Mitchell / The drawings / in your little book are / finished and your friend can call now at any time / to get it I hope that the / few scratches we have made / will add a trifle to your pleasures / You have already a fine group / of autographs The book is a treat / My drawing represents an old pear tree / that I knew in New Jersey, / it used to bear half a dozen or / more of those huge winter pears. / what we boys would term as "whoppers" / They always appealed to my decorative / instincts hanging there after all the leaves had fallen / Wishing you much / success in the securing future autographs / I am yours truly / J. Francis Murphy
[Drawing of pear tree, accession number 15.518.1]
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John Francis Murphy (American, 1853-1921). Autographed Letter by J. Francis Murphy, December 20, 1894. Ink on paper mounted to paperboard, Sheet (letter): 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (22.2 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edward C. Blum, 15.518.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 15.518.2.jpg)
overall, 15.518.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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