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Sketchbook Sketch: Boston Window

Sketchbook Boston Window
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Additional Notes

BMFAS Letter to Helen
BMFAS Letter to Helen
BMFAS Letter to Helen

This sketch is taken from a letter RSW wrote from his apartment in Boston while a student at the Boston of Museum Fine Arts Schools (1910). It is unofficially his first known "window picture." Below is its transcipt for your convenience...



"Just hello - for fun - I'm very tired you? I've been unwell again since the holidays but am gaining now and beginning to work again. Myc, I must tell you is a vast comfort to me. I brought nothing of the kind with me of course and find that the brown weed grows dry in this climate. The jar rest as the one bit of refined beauty in my barren student's room _______ now, I have a pink Primrose above it and Ebony and silver crucifix. This window looks out upon the shrubbery of a most lovely little courtyard, shut from the narrow street by a giant old-fashioned and high earn grating with durable gates. Old-time brick flats - warming color and romance line are little narrow street. Joseph and I along use this goodly courtyard, 'cause 'tis the side entrance just around the corner from the ******* way.

How I shall love to see the shrubbery of my little planted square awake to spring life ____ and the patch of upper sky warm to spring softness _____ the first for these long years. I'm waxing sentimental ___________ so good night. I hope you and your household are well.

Wearily Robin

[ Basic sketch of Boston window ] too sleepy to make the pen wiggle. R_____"