22nd and 24th President. Two-page autograph letter signed (ALS) “Grover Cleveland”, “Westland, Princeton, New Jersey” stationery, December 7, 1898, to Edward R. Bacon, in part:
I have just returned from a Southern Shooting trip and hasten to thank you for the very excellent likeness of yourself you thoughtfully sent me. I think it is one of the best pictures I have ever seen and I am delighted with it…represents ‘Edward R. Bacon as he appeared in 1870’…
Horizontal mailing fold, else very good.
Accompanied by original mailing envelope in Cleveland’s hand.
Edward Bacon was a Buffalo, New York, attorney who formed a friendship with Grover Cleveland before either rose to fame and fortune. Cleveland became governor of New York and then President of the United States, while Bacon went on to become a railroad tycoon who partnered in American business deals with J. Pierpont Morgan. Bacon was also a noted collector of European art, and lived with his brother and sister-in-law Virginia Bacon, one of the first important women art dealers in America. The website devoted to “Prominent American Art Collectors” states of Bacon: “He traveled often to Europe, which is where he purchased many of the works that made up his extensive art collection.” His collection included works by notable artists like Rubens, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds, Franz Hals, and Jan Steen.