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Title: Sarah Choate Sears to Walt Whitman, 5 June [1890]

Date: June 5, [1890]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03736

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: The annotation, "S C Sears," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Ian Faith, Ryan Furlong, Breanna Himschoot, Brandon James O'Neil, and Stephanie Blalock

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June 5th

Dear Mr. Whitman

The books reached me safely yesterday. Many thanks for the papers also received.

S. C. Sears.

Sarah Choate Sears (1858–1935) was an American artist, art collector, and patron, who trained in painting at the Cowles Art School and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her award-winning watercolors and photographs were exhibited at major expositions, including the World's Columbian Exhibition, the Universal Exposition in Paris, and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Through the influence of her friends, including the writer Gertrude Stein and the artist Mary Cassatt, Sears's collection included pieces from Impressionist and modernist artists, including Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Edouard Manet. For more information on Sears, see Erica E. Hirshler, A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston, 1870–1940 (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001).


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