DELACROIX Eugène (1798-1863).

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DELACROIX Eugène (1798-1863).
L.A.S. "Eugène Delacroix", 10 December 1818, to Charles SOULIER, at the Hôtel de l'intendance du domaine extraordinaire, place Vendôme; 1 1/2 pages in-8, addressed; in English. Rare letter in English to his friend Soulier who introduced him to watercolour. [Charles SOULIER (1792-1866) met Delacroix in 1816 through their friend Horace RAISSON. Having spent a long time in England, Soulier had been introduced to watercolour by Copley Fielding, and he in turn introduced Delacroix, then in the studio of Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, to the technique, including executing drawings of machines for patents, which are discussed here]. "Dear Friend I am very displeased to be unable to go Saturday to pass the night in your pleasant company: for I have promised another person to see her that day; it is not, as you shall imagine and Mester Horace also, without a great discontent; but I hope it will not be the last time, we shall have the opportunity of coming together. I thank you at your Italian-English-french and grateful letter: I conjure you to excuse my bad english language. I dare, a little time past, with your obligeant lessons, I will better speak and write in that fair tongue, in which I am so desiderous to be readily instructed. Should Mester Raisson, have the complaisance to go on Saturday in the morning at M. Guérin's house, or Sunday at my own, likewise in the morning, we could together so resolve, in what day we can to begin our undertaking of colorage, which I wish to see quickly terminated. Your sincere friend and thankful disciple"... Correspondance générale (t. I, p. 37).
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