SAND, GEORGE [=DUDEVANT, AMANDINE AURORE LUCIE DUPIN, Baronne] [Coastal travellers]. Watercolor heightened with gouache on paper
. 5 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches (13 x 21.5 cm), initialled recto in design "G.S." (ll), the verso notated at the head in ink in Sand's hand "A mon Ami [Henry] Harrisse," with a note below in Harrisse's hand, stating, among other matters, that the drawing had been made in his presence in Nohant (the village where Sand's house was located) on the 26th of April, 1867. Slight toning, traces of old mounting on the rear.
Henry Harrisse, best known today as an Americanist and bibliographer, practiced law while living in America, also writing a number of important works on early American history, including the classic Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima of 1866, which is still cited for early Americana to the present day. Shortly after publishing this work, he returned to Paris, where he had been born, and became something of a fixture in literary society; in addition to Sand, he knew Flaubert, Sainte-Beuve and Renan. He maintained a long and cordial friendship and correspondence with Sand, though Flaubert apparently remarked in a letter to Sand, a long-time friend and confidante, that Harrisse was not always congenial, being rather opinionated. Still, he maintained his friendship with Sand until her death in 1885. This drawing was made very shortly after his return to France and at the beginning of his friendship with Sand.
Henry Harrisse, by descent to his sister, Clementine Harrisse Ulman, Baltimore, MD
to her daughter, Valerie Walter Walkinshaw, Seattle, WA
to her daughter, Valerie Walkinshaw Braddick, Bethlehem, PA
To her son, the present owner.
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