Robert Blum letters to Alexander Drake, 1879-1890

Drake, Alexander, b. 1843 d. 1916
Illustrator, Engraver
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 8 items.

Collection Summary: Eight letters from Robert Frederick Blum to Alexander Drake concerning Blum's travels in Venice, Madrid, Tokyo, and Alexandria, Virginia. Blum describes his surroundings and briefly mentions his art work, such as in a letter introducing "Mr. Hodges, a gentleman from St. Louis" for whom he plans to illustrate an article on Venetian life. Some of the letters have small illustrations.

Biographical/Historical Note: Blum was a painter, illustrator, and muralist in New York City. He worked for SCRIBNER'S in 1879, and in 1890 he traveled to Japan. Alexander Drake was a wood engraver, art editor, and patron in New York City. From 1881-1912, he was director of the Art Department and art editor of CENTURY magazine.

Donated by Dr. Paul Hart, who had purchased them from Lewis A. Shepard. Shephard had purchased the letters from Drake's granddaughter, Hilah (?) Wheeler Remaily (?).

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