Letter 3813a

Date 4/16 March 1889
Addressed to [unidentified male]
Where written Hamburg
Language French
Autograph Location Switzerland: private collection [1]
Publication Not previously published
Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge [2]
Reproduced by kind permission of the owner

Text and Translation

French text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
16 Mars [18]89

Mon cher ami!

Je Vous envoie ma photographie.

Mille salutations à M[ada]me Votre femme.

P. Tschaïkowsky

16 March 1889

My dear friend!

I am sending you my photograph [3]

A thousand greetings to Madame your wife.

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Auctioned by Sotheby's, London, on 26 May 1983 (lot 90), and advertised by R. R. Auction, Amherst (New Hampshire), October 2000 See also Thomas Kohlhase, Ronald de Vet, Die vom Auktionshaus RR Auction (USA) in den Jahren 1996-2009 im Internet versteigerten autographen Briefe sowie die von P. I. Čajkovskij signierten Widmungsexemplare, Photographien oder Programmblätter (2010), p. 17; and Tchaikovsky Research Bulletin No. 1 (2011), p. 67.
  2. chaikovsky's letter was mounted by an earlier owner together with a retouched print made in 2001 of the photograph of the composer taken by the photographer E. Bieber in Hamburg on 6/18 January 1888 (no. 64 in the Catalogue of Photographs in The Tchaikovsky Handbook. A guide to the man and his music, vol. 1 (2002) p. 498). When the letter was sold by Sotheby's in 1983, the original photograph was not included in the auction lot.
  3. The original photograph enclosed by Tchaikovsky has not yet come to light.