Autograph letter, signed (“W.K.”), illustrated with ink, pencil and watercolor drawings, about mosquitoes on Long Island.

[Long Island: summer 1920].

Price: $1,750.00

About the item

3 leaves watermarked Berkshire Valley TAP Co. 1 vols. 8vo. Fine. Provenance: John Quinn; his sister Julia, and by descent.

Item #310811

Witty caricatures of summer life at Canoe Place, Little Shinnecock Bay, Long Island, with a recurrent theme of mosquitoes, including a pointillist picture of the mosquitoes surrounding the artist’s dog and a small watercolor nocturne, “landscape of Canoe place, evening - sorry that the Darkness obscures mosquitoes.”

Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), American artist, was executive secretary of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, and was, with his friends, artist Arthur B. Davies and collector John Quinn, instrumental in organizing the 1913 Armory show. Kuhn frequently advised Quinn on his collection. The present letter shows a lighter side of their friendship.

With an additional leaf of ink doodles in an unidentified hand on stationery headed Ogunquit, Maine (where Quinn stayed in the summer of 1920).