THOMAS EDWARDS (1795-1869) was a 19th
century artist in Boston, MA, specializing in portraits and landscapes. He kept
a studio in Boston on Winter Street, then on Market Street and Tremont
Street. In the mid-1850s, he may have
traveled in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, producing drawings of
landscapes. Edwards was a frequent exhibitor
in the early years at the Boston Athenaeum and also with the Massachusetts
Charitable Mechanic Association in 1847 and the New England Art Union in 1851
and 1852. Edwards was among the first
wave of artists creating drawings intended for lithographic printing. Edwards also painted miniature portraits.
ANSON DANIELS (July 8, 1813-November 5, 1884) devoted himself to art and literature and was a successful portrait painter and an accomplished poet. At least 37 portraits of Daniels have been located and are in possession of the Medway Historical Society.
One page, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Boston, March 13 [no year], ALS, to Mr. Daniels of West Medway [MA]. “Your drawing book, which you so kindly sent me, I now commit to the care of Dr. Dickinson. I thank you greatly for the care of it. I am now about to leave Boston for perhaps three months – I suspect to visit some of the Western States – and it may be sure my brush a little in Portrait & Landscape Painting.
“You oblyd friend
Abbreviated address leave indicates the letter was hand delivered to Daniels. Folds, toning but very readable.
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