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Pierre-Auguste Cot; Juliette Cot; William Adolphe Bouguereau; Auguste Nicolas Cain; Charles Chaplin; Léon Cogniet; Benjamin-Constant; George Duruy; MacMahon, mareÌchale.; Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier; Alfred-Emilien O'Hara Nieuwerkerke, comte de; Henry Guillaume Schlesinger; Fernand Vandérem
Materials are arranged according to addressee, in the following order: Cot, letters received, divided into personal and official; Mme. Cot, letters received. Within each division, letters are arranged chronologically, with undated letters last.
Cot's 1871 letter from Pisa to his grandmother gives his personal reaction to the Prussian invasion of Paris, and he relates that he is making up for time lost while not painting in the Midi. His personal letters include family news ("Sebastien," Henry Darcel) and casual notes from artists (Léon Cogniet, Charles Chaplin). Henri Cain thanks Cot for supporting his painting while on the Salon jury, Ernest Meissonier mentions a list of candidates to replace Lehmann and solicits Cot's vote for a student. Two letters from the maréchale de MacMahon deal with Cot's portrait of her.
Official correspondence records the sale of his paintings La nymphe Salmacis et Hermaphrodite, Promethée, Dionisa, and Jours des morts au Campo Santo de Pise. Other letters record his becoming a member of the Légion d'honneur au grade de chevalier (1874), the Cercle artistique et littéraire (1876), the Société libre des artistes Français (1881), and his election to the Salon jury of 1883. Correspondents include Emilien, comte de Nieuwerkerke, and Henry Guillaume Schlesinger.
Mme. Cot's correspondence includes casual notes from artists (Charles Chaplin, Alexander Cabanel, Georges Duruy, Benjamin Constant, the author Fernand Vandérem, Léon Bonnat), and family matters (Auguste Cain, Camille Doucet, R. Vallery-Radot, Jane Dieulafoy, Hugues le Roux, générale de Galliffet). Of particular note are letters related to the sale of Cot's Mireille to the Musée du Luxembourg (1883), the gift of his Ste. Elizabeth de Hongrie soignant les malades to the Musée de la ville de Beziers (1884), Georges Duruy's book Victoire d'âme (1888), Fernand Vandérem's elucidation of a character in an unidentified book (1899), and a note from Benjamin Constant announcing that Mme. Cot's son, Etienne-William Cot, was accepted at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1897).