[A. H.] Sellers
[newspaper clipping] Keith's Latest Picture.William Keith, the noted artist, has just completed for the Press Club a large and very handsome landscape picture of something like the former picture presented by him which was burned in the Pine street rooms, but much more comprehensive and finer in detail. It represents a tangled forest, in which are great live oaks like those seen about Menio. In the opening far away the sunlight bursts through, showing a herd of cattle under some of the great trees, while in another part are a number of women. The brown wild grass about the woods, the poppies and buttercups and the varied tints of the sky all go to make up a typical California scene. The picture is six and a half by three feet in size and is valued, even at the present low prices for art work, at $2000.MartinezFeb. 11,1895.Dear Sellers: Last Thursday I sent off Glaciers, & Friday went to the city & saw Keith. He is quite well again, & of course quite wild, painting charming pictures, & mumbling about money like a brook lost in weeds. In particular he has painted some lovely small pictures which you must see when you come back. They are perfect little poems. Wonder the growling sinner could do it.What dreadful weather has been scourging the other side of the continent. Think how poor Chicago & Lake Michigan has been lashed & thrashed. while for weeks we have been bathed in sunshine & larksong, all the days. homogeneous masses of purple & gold. Surely your headaches must now be charmed away--& your health--be as bright as the weather. Hoping this is so I am every faithfully yoursJohn Muir
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