Homer discusses copyrights procedure. "In reply I beg to state that I have not had any luck in receiving any notice in regards to my last application for a copyright . But before that time I was always successful by enclosing one dollar with the title of the word printed (a type writer will do) and two copies of a print or photo but you can copyright an oil painting as a design by making a sketch of it and sending with title and dollar to the Librarian of Congress, Washington D.C." Homer in a jocular mood signs, "Yours truly, Big Picture Rig Picture Rye shek a shek picture" then "Winslow Homer." With stamped holograph envelope. Our letter seems to express a bit of an older artist, more experienced in the business of art, passing along information to a younger, more naive one. Condition: Slight soiling, moreso on envelope, centerfold tear at bottom not affecting text.
Julian Scott (1846-1901) was an American painter and Civil War artist. He was a Union army drummer with the 3rd Vermont Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and afterwards studied at the National Academy of Design in New York. He studied with Emmanuel Leutze (painter of "Washington Crossing the Delaware") until 1868. Scott had a studio in New York, but later moved to Plainfield, New Jersey where he died in 1901. Both Homer and Scott were National Academy of Design graduates and both exhibited at the National Academy of Design during the 1860s. Both were Civil War artists, Homer having been sent by "Harper’s" to sketch battlefield scenes and Scott, having painted battlefield and other related scenes as well. Homer studied at the National Academy of Design in 1859, was elected as an associate in 1864 and as a member in 1865. It is highly likely that the two painters would have met and interacted at the National Academy in 1865 and, no doubt in the ensuing few years, that they both exhibited there. They also could have encountered one another during their artistic endeavors during the Civil War. Scott painted military subjects primarily and also scenes of native American life.