In Midst of Dreyfus Affair, Pissarro Joins Committee to Honor Emile Zola

March 5, 1898

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In Midst of Dreyfus Affair, Pissarro Joins Committee to Honor Emile Zola
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 919

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      The French Impressionist Camille Pissarro, born to Jewish parents but himself an atheist, hostile to religion, was nonetheless drawn to the defense of Alfred Dreyfus, in no small measure by the overt antisemitism of the case. Dreyfus, a Jewish French Army captain, was wrongly accused and convicted of treason in 1894.

      An early Dreyfusard, here Pissarro proudly signs on to a committee to strike a medal honoring Emile Zola who, just days before, was convicted of libel for his accusation that the Dreyfus affair was a vicious miscarriage of justice.


      Autograph Letter Signed (“C. Pissarro”), in French, 1 page, on black-bordered mourning stationery, Hotel du Louvre, Paris, March 5, 1898. To Dear Sir.
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      Paris
      Hotel du Louvre
      5 mars 98

      Monsieur
      Ce sera pour moi un grand honneur de faire partie du commite qui doit faire frapper une medaille en l’honeur de Zola.
      Agreer, Monsieur, l’assurance de mes sentiments distingues.
      C. Pissarro


      [Translation]

      Paris
      Hotel du Louvre
      March 5, 1898

      Sir,
      I will be deeply honored to be a member of the committee that will be responsible for minting a medal in honor of Zola.
      Yours Sincerely,
      C. Pissarro