Paris, Sunday, June 18, 1882. Unlined bifolium with an attractive novelty embossed device, approx. 7 x 4.5 inches.  pages. In fine condition, sharp and legible. Item #17142
"Dear Charlie." To an unnamed correspondent in America, Sarah A. Smith writes at some length and entertainingly about her extended visit to Paris. She includes observations on attending the Salon of 1882, "a very large display of good pictures and indifferent pictures; suppose none were bad as they would not be admitted, there was a number of sad scenes, some in my humble estimation might have been omitted." She continues with an account of visiting "a Panorama called 'The Battle of Champigny,'" this being the monumental work by Detaille and de Neuville of this critical moment in the Franco-Prussian War that had just opened at the Panorama National. Smith notes, "there was real Earth with growing grass and weeds, articles belonging to soldiers etc. were scattered about, making the painting (difficult to tell where it began, and ended) yet more natural, soldiers wounded, dying, dead, lying around, while others walking, running, or leading a wounded companion, while above them shells were bursting in the air setting fire here and there to the various buildings." Smith also includes news of an American girl in their hotel who died of diphtheria, reminiscences of the mixed charms of travel by donkey ("those rides were not inspiring, only in the sense that your Donkey might throw you or persist in sitting or squatting down, as they invariably did with Mr. Smith"), plans for her return on the liner Indiana, and thanks to the correspondent for sending copies of the humor magazines Puck and Judge.