"As a Painting It is Exceedingly Bad" [Manuscript]. Hand, Learned [1872-1961]. [Winthrop, Egerton Leigh, Jr. (1862-1926)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, On Hand's Law Office Letterhead, New York, March 14, 1903]. Two 11" x 8-1/2" leaves, lightly toned, vertical and horizontal fold lines, content in neat hand to rectos. $750. * Hand asks Winthrop, chair of the New York City Bar Association's House Committee, to consider an offer to exchange the Association's portrait of his father, Judge Samuel Hand [1834-1886], with another one, which he would provide. Hand wanted to do this because he felt the Association's portrait is "[as] a painting ... exceedingly bad and as a likeness it is thought by his wife and children to be equally unhappy." One of the most important American jurists of the twentieth century, Hand was a judge of the U.S. Southern District of New York from 1904- 1924 and a judge of the Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1924 to 1956. His judgments were renowned for their lucidity and elegance. At the time of this letter he was a lawyer on Wall Street.
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