Morton Ralph Goldsmith letters from Ernest Fiene and Boris Grigor¦¦ev, 1923-1964

Goldsmith, Morton Ralph, b. 1882 d. 1971
Collector, Etcher
Active in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Fiene, Ernest, b. 1894 d. 1965 or 1966
Painter, Etcher, Lithographer
Active in New York,N.Y.; Southbury,Conn.

Collection size: 32 items (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: 26 letters from Ernest Fiene, 1956-1964, and six letters from Boris Grigoriev, 1923-1926. Fiene writes in detail about his investments and personal fiances, family and personal matters, and also about his painting and the market for his work. Grigor¦ev sends greetings from Europe, mentions the work he is doing, current exhibitions, and asks to borrow money.

Biographical/Historical Note: Morton Goldsmith (1882-1971) was a collector and patron from Scarsdale, N.Y. Ernest Fiene (1894-1965) was a painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator, and teacher from New York. His association with Goldsmith went beyond that of artist and patron - Goldsmith also advised Fiene on investment matters, particularly the stock market. Boris Dmitrievich Grigor¦ev [also spelled Grigoriev, or Grigoriew] (1886-1939) was a painter from the Soviet Union.

The donor, Mrs. Morton R. Goldsmith, is the widow of Morton R. Goldsmith.

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