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Autographed Letter by J. Francis Murphy

John Francis Murphy

American Art

MEDIUM Ink on paper mounted to paperboard
DATES December 20, 1894
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right in ink: "J. Francis Murphy"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Edward C. Blum
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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]
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 15.518.2_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1/7/2010
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John Francis Murphy (American, 1853–1921). <em>Autographed Letter by J. Francis Murphy</em>, 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_IMLS_PS3.jpg)