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Sometimes words just don’t cut it.

That is especially true in this lighthearted note (discovered by our volunteer Carol while re-housing the collection) from Ashcan School painter and printmaker John Sloan, to art collector, critic and patron Albert Eugene Gallatin. It seems his words of apology just could not do justice to his predicament. So, to illustrate the situation, Sloan adds his “thousand words”. (For a transcription, see below.)

John Sloan to A.E. Gallatin, November 30, 1915 (A.E. Gallatin Papers)


88 Washington Place

N.Y.C Nov 30/15

My Dear Gallatin: —

The “Modern Principles” reached me a week ago “Art + Progress” as well – I have read both and admire your condensed appreciation clear and unaffected I should have written thanking you for these sooner but I have been so interfered with by house painters and floor varnishers and plumbers that I have scarcely been in my right mind

Tomorrow it will all be over they tell me! I’d be glad to have you come in – any time you’ve a mind to – phone


John Sloan

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