[Mortimer Menpes, Australian-born British painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer Menpes'), giving good practical advice to a young female painter whom he is convinced has 'a future'.

Mortimer Menpes [Mortimer Luddington Menpes] (1855-1938), Australian-born British painter, author, and horticulturalist
Publication details: 
No date. On letterhead of the Esplanade Hotel, Bombay [India].
SKU: 22859

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper with several fold lines. Twenty-one lines of text, written lengthwise on both sides of the leaf. The name of the recipient ('Miss Haziel'? 'Miss Hajrel'?) is unclear. He offers his sincere congratulations on her picture, which is 'work which shows great promise - There is a sense of tone in the picture that was sadly missing in nearly all the other work in the show'. He urges her not to be 'sad about the work', but to 'begin working with energy from now, for I am convinced you have a future'. He advises her to 'continue copying nature in a direct and simple way tone for tone with no attempt at clever brushwork - anything like surface cleverness is common and always an affectation'. He concludes in the hope that they will 'become quite friends & that from time to time I shall have the privilege of helping you in the work'.