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A copy of a July 2, 1945 letter from Pleissner to Eversley Childs will accompany the lot.

According to Ogden Pleissner, “Eversley Childs, everyone used to call him ‘the squire,’ was a great sportsman and art collector who saw my work at the Sporting Gallery and Bookshop in New York. He liked the paintings I had done of streams and lakes out at the C-M Ranch, and asked me if the fishing was any good out there. I said that I had never seen any better fishing, so he brought his wife out that next summer. He was an elderly man, guess he was in his seventies at the time. I used to go fishing with him when I wasn’t painting in my little studio out there. I’d be painting away and all of a sudden I’d see this head sticking through the skylight affair we had, and he’d say: ‘Do you want to come out and play with me?’ So I’d drop everything and have to quit painting and we’d go fly fishing.”

PROVENANCE:
The Artist
Eversley ‘The Squire’ Childs, circa 1940s
Present owner, by descent

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