3 Washington Square North
Jan 22, 1929
My dear Watson:
If you are ever in the vicinity of 44th Street and Sixth Ave. I wish that you would look at a picture that I ran across in a little jewelers shop on 44th Street on the downtown side a few doors west from Sixth Avenue. I discovered it by accident upon looking in the window of the shop. It is American of the eighteen thirtys I should say. A portrait of three children done with a simplicity and honesty that is striking, very large in its values and unaffected in design. It is not at all naive but done with experience and understanding. I think it quite a fine thing.
The owner of the shop does not know the painter and says he bought it from an estate.
I do not know why I write you this except that I should like others to enjoy what is to me a quite unusual discovery.
Very sincerely yours,
It is a large canvas with life size figures.
Forbes Watson Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.