Typed letter signed to the sculptor Herbert Haseltine, commending his statue of George Washington.15 July 1957 Stock Code: 145818
A typed letter signed from Churchill to the French-American sculptor Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962): "Thank you so much for sending me the photographs of your statue of George Washington. I think it is magnificent, and am honoured to have been a patron of your exhibition. Yours very sincerely, Winston S. Churchill".
Haseltine's sculptures, generally of animals or equestrian, are exhibited today across the world. Churchill here refers to Haseltine's large equestrian statue of George Washington, still standing outside the Washington National Cathedral. From 1947 Haseltine was resident in France, maintaining a rich social life with close connections to many members of European and American high society. He corresponded with Churchill for many years, sending him examples of his work, and produced a bronze cast of Clementine Churchill's hand and of the Churchill's poodle Rufus for him. Churchill, an amateur artist of no little skill himself, wrote frequently in praise Haseltine's work, and exhibited a Haseltine horse in his dining room for many years. Letters from Haseltine to Churchill are preserved in the Churchill Archives in Cambridge.
Churchill contributed the foreword to two exhibition catalogues of Haseltine's work, in the first declaring "in sculpture... I give my vote unhesitatingly to the perfection of physical detail which makes Mr. Haseltine's bronze animals such a joy to behold and such a treasure to own... He combines, to a degree that must surely have been rare at all times, the inspiration of the artist not only with a tireless application to detail but with a deep and expert technical knowledge of the subjects he has chosen to depict" (Exhibition of Sculpture, May 28th to June 27th 1953).
Single sheet on Churchill's Chartwell stationary, 242 x 188 mm; included with the letter is a typed letter signed from Churchill's secretary Anthony Montague Browne to Haseltine, 23 March 1956, thanking him for his letter and recommending consulting the Imperial War Museum, with the original envelope; two telegrams from Churchill thanking Haseltine; and three unrelated envelopes without contents, two with Downing Street letterhead.
Creased as originally folded, light toning and finger-soiling, short split along crease at foot; in very good condition.
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