Frost, John. Twelve 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheets, all but one written on both sides in pencil in Frost's beautifully legible hand. 1 vols. Old folds, else fine. Custom half morocco slipcase. From the collection of Eugene V. Connett, III, proprietor of The Derrydale Press, with his pencilled note: “These letters are from John Frost, son of A.B. Frost, and my dear friend. EVC”. Item #261124
A fascinating and frequently moving group of letters, in which Frost discusses his work (“I just finished a canvas from memory of that Maryland country...Everything I've done up to this has been a flop as I've been pressing and overworking--but I think I've gotten hold of the thing again...That woodcock stuff is God Awful hard to do, hard not to get it all broken up and cluttered with detail”), his personal problems (“I have certainly been taking no care of myself for years--jacking myself up with liquor to keep going for heaven knows how long”), business matters concerning his work for The Sportsman magazine and others (“If it costs more to make a single plate and if you can get the Woodcock and Sportsman [to] agree to that program tell them to take the cost of printing out of what they were to pay for the use of the originals”), and makes occasional references to his famous father (“Do you remember Dad's old fishing 'comic' “How did you come to fall in?” “I didn't come to fall in, I came to fish”).
In 1934, Frost painted an oil on commision by Connett, entitled Maryland Marsh, printed as a sporting aquatint by the Derrydale Press in 1936.
Frost, who notes in these letters his concern that his tuberculosis had flared up again, died in 1937.
A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE.
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