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Illuminated Letters

Letters from Arthur Singer

Arthur spent 1943 in Fort Meade in Maryland, and was determined to work on his art while he was in the Army. He often discussed his art with his wife Judy, and he sent home the paintings and sketches that he wanted to keep. He usually sketched on artist paper, but in 1943 he also was in the habit of sketching or painting directly into his letters to Judy. Most of these artworks were animal studies, in watercolor or ink.

These are the letters that Arthur wrote to Judy that featured his artwork. His letters to her were often romantic and longing, but we also get some wonderful insights into his interest in jazz music, life in the barracks, and the training that the unit was doing to prepare for Europe.

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