Théodore ROUSSEAU (1812 - 1867) - Painter. Autographed letter signed addressed to the estate of an art collector - S. The painter remains committed even beyond the grave. "I had the honor of visiting you recently to discuss a commissioned painting that was requested by Mr. Wilson: I was supposed to provide you with some written details regarding this, which I neglected to send you due to an unexpected trip.Please excuse me for this delay and kindly accept them, to be communicated to the next family council. Wilson came to my house only a few months before his death and among several sketches that I showed him, he chose one that particularly appealed to him, and we agreed on a price of 2000 francs for the completion of this work. Margueritte, who accompanied him, also made a choice, and upon their flattering insistence, I promised to give these paintings my immediate attention. Margueritte now has his, and Mr. Wilson's, which was progressing in the same manner, was interrupted by the sad news of his death. Margueritte can certify all of this. And now, sir, that I can rely on your kindness to present these details to the family council, I dare to hope that Mr. Wilson's estate will find it fair that I am not burdened with several months' worth of work without compensation. I will complete the painting as if he were pleased with it, for I have a vivid memory of Mr. Wilson's discerning taste and his kind regard, and one can count on my devoted care for the completion of a work that was to Mr. Wilson's liking and for which he honored me with the promise of satisfaction.
In the 1873 catalog of the John Waterloo Wilson collection, there are 3 paintings by Théodore Rousseau. The painting is also listed in the catalog of the 1867 Universal Exhibition. Fragile paper, marked folds, and signs of wear, see photos.