Beautiful gray toned bust portrait showing Colette in three-quarter facial profile, laid onto textured tan art paper and that laid onto beige mount of the photographer, "G.L. Manuel Freres." She signed the photograph, "Colette." Art paper and mount have deckled edges, slight bends at corners, soiling on verso of mat otherwise a clean board. The photograph itself measures 6.5 x 8.75 inches and including photographer’s mount the measurement is 10.5 x 14 inches. The fine photograph is accompanied by an ALS that begins without greeting "I trust you will guess how much I detest writing this letter. You are free to tell the truth to those around you , or to announce that I am ill...." She sends her regrets and signs, "Colette. "
Full translation: "I trust you will guess how much I detest writing this letter. You are free to tell the truth to those around you , or to announce that I am ill. Please believe , dear Madam, that I deeply dislike such a desertion, and that I beg you to find herewith, together with my excuses and regrets, my very best regards. Colette."