The Letters of William Cullen Bryant - Vol. 1

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if possible to write descriptions stories and other articles for the work after his own manner. Durand is yet to be consulted and he is at St. Augustine in Florida with his wife. I have seen Sands and he has no objection to do the thing. What do you say?-- The pictures can be sent to you at Washington and you can do your part which will amount to between 30 and 40 pages before you return--if you please-- The compensation can be fixed upon after Durand's consent is obtained-- 1

Yrs in haste,

The book is to be as large or [a] little larger than the English Landscape Annual. 2


Asher Brown Durand ( 1796-1886) was then a leading engraver, having executed plates from such notable paintings as Trumbull "Declaration of Independence" and Vanderlyn "Ariadne," as well as designs for American banknotes, on which his symbolic figures may still be seen. He engraved paintings by Inman, Morse, and Weir for The Talisman, and he rendered scenes by Cole, Weir, and William J. Bennett, in addition to two of his own, as illustrations for The American Landscape, published by Elam Bliss ( New York, 1830). Bryant wrote the preface and letterpress; there is no evidence that either Sands or Verplanck contributed to this, nor was the name of the fictive "Francis Herbert" mentioned in the volume. George W. Hatch ( 1805-1867), one of Durand's pupils, had engraved illustrations by Inman, Weir, and John Neilson, Jr., for The Talisman, but apparently had no part in The American Landscape, of which printer Edward Wade, Jr., was the co-proprietor with Durand. See DAA, pp. 196- 197, 300.
The Landscape Annual, London, 1830-1839.

215. To Gulian C. Verplanck

New York March 5 1830.

Dear Sir

I send you back Mr. Sarchet's letter. You will see that I have made a report of your speech. I presume that it was what you did say, if I understand your letter. 1

I have just seen Mr. Wade. He showed me a beautiful drawing of a Weehawken scene by Bennett intended for the Landscape Annual. It is taken from the big rocks near the end of the wood just before you come upon Swartwout's dike. 2 You remember them--two or three cedars grow up by their side. --There is a view of the Delaware Water Gap, of which he showed me a proof, 3 a[nd] a proof of an etching of Fort Putnam. 4 The plates are about this size. 5


MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / MAR / 6 DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant.


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