Emery Kate Tillman

Closeted Love III, 2018

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Cyanotype on vintage handkerchief
14.5 x 14.5 in (36.8 x 36.8 cm)


This work ships from New Orleans, LA, US.


A cyanotype print on a vintage handkerchief of a 1933 letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to her lover Lorena Hickock.

"March 5, 1933 Hick my dearest, I cannot go to bed to-night without a word to you. I felt a little as though a part of me was leaving to- night, you have grown so much to be a apart of my life that it is empty without you even though I’m busy every minute. There are strange days & very off to me but I’ll remember the joys & try to plan pleasant things & count the days between our times to-gether! To begin my diary, after you left I went to supper taking Fjr., & John, Mama &; Betsey &; we were followed by F.D.R & James just before the boys left. I went to the station with them & left the Secret Service man at home. Saw the boys onto the train. Returned, had a short talk with F.D.R James & Betsye. Tommy came &; we arranged to-morrow’s work. At ten Meggie & I took her to the gate &;I thought of you & “Prinz”. She seemed very happy & said everyone had a grand time, also that you looked “stunning” dressed up! I then went back & devoted a quarter of an hour to talking to Mama, then listened to F.D.R broadcast, sorted mail &; am now preparing for bed. So endeth my first Sunday. I’ll call you to-morrow night & this should reach you Tuesday a.m. Oh! Darling, I hope on the whole you will be happier for my friendship. I felt I had brought you so much discomfort &; hardship to-day &; almost more heartache than you could bear & I don’t want to make you unhappy. All my Love &; I shall be saying to you over thought waves in a few minutes — Goodnight my dear one Angels Guard thee God Protect Thee My love enfold thee All the night through. Always yours, E.R."

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