WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/28/1943 - HFSID 288648
Sale Price $360.00
WILLIAM S. HARTHandwritten letter full of praise for a gift portrait and its creator Autograph Letter signed: "William S. Hart", 1 page, 8½x11. Horseshoe Ranch, Newhall, California, 1943 June 28. On personal letterhead to Bill Arnold, In full: "The portrait is here. I had no idea of you looking upon the transaction as a gift. As I really asked you to do it. But having seen the result & your splendid gesture, I would not hesitate otherwise, as no price would by [sic] me the keen satisfaction & pleasure I get from looking at your wonderful piece of work. I regard it as one of the very best portraits I have ever had. It will remain with me always. You are a born artist. Your background is remarkable. It blends in with the main figure so artfully and adds rather than detracts, making a delightful whole. My sincere thanks a thousand times over. Your sincere friend". Horizontal mailing folds. Right edge creased, lightly soiled and toned. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by original matching envelope (8¾x4), addressed in Hart's hand to "Bill Arnold/Helotes/Texas", postmarked Newhall, California, June 8, 1943. Ragged at right edge from opening. Toned, soiled and creased. William S. Hart (1870-1946) began acting onstage in New York, going on to make his name as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway. By his 30s, he was a highly popular stage performer, particularly in western plays. He had spent his youth traveling around the country with his father, an itinerant laborer. Hart was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories of the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart's popularity faded. In 1925 he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Hart was a friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and was a pallbearer at Earp's 1929 funeral. Two items.
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