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System Number: 05919
Date: 10 July 1898
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V8
Document Type: ALS
July 10th 1898
You are very often in my thoughts at all times but especially of late, as these last two weeks I have been revelling in art as seen in Venice and Vienna.
[p. 2] I have never heard you mention having been in the latter city, and now the pictures are so well hung in the new gallery. Imagine twenty six Titians on one wall and as many Van Dykes in another room with fifteen more [p. 3] Van Dykes in another museum. Thirteen Velasquez, fourteen Rembrandts & two Hals. Well I am tired and taking my usual day off in bed to get rested from it all. The albertina collection in Vienna of drawings & prints also absorbed several mornings & [p. 4] I enjoyed the Durer and Rembrandts and Fragonard and others. Since saying good bye to you I have spent a delightful fortnight in the villa on Lake Maggiore and return there from here via the beautiful Stelvio pass, so that nature fills out & continues the interest [p. 5] of this little tour. It was Mrs Vanderbilts first visit to both Venice & Vienna & it has been an added pleasure of course to see her delight and interest and the way the pictures really took possession of her.
I am wondering if you are in Paris yet and am hoping [p. 6] you will be there by July 25th as I come to Paris then for a couple of weeks instead of later as I told you I might. We are sailing for America on the 26th of August and I do hope you will be in Paris for a few days at least, both so that [p. 7] I may have the pleasure of seeing you again, and give you the few more sittings for last touches.
If not too much trouble please send me a line saying if you will be in Paris, and address it Villa Vignolo
Stresa, Lago Maggiore
I shall be very disappointed if I dont see you soon and hoping your health is quite restored
believe me as always
Written on narrow bordered mourning paper.
8. albertina collection
Home of a vast prints and drawings collection founded by Albert, Duke of Saxon Teschen (1738-1822).
11. Stelvio pass
One of the highest main routes (9,048 ft; 2,758 m), in the central Alps region of northern Italy, near the Swiss and Austrian borders.
Sittings for Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481). Vanderbilt commissioned the work in May 1897 (see G. Vanderbilt to JW, #05914).
The US battleship Maine had been blown up in Havana harbour in Cuba, possibly by a mine. President McKinley issued an ultimatum to the Spanish to withdraw from Cuba. On 3 July 1898 the Spanish Fleet was destroyed at Santiago by Admiral Sampson. Santiago was surrendered a few days later.
15. frenchmen on the Bourgogne
On 4 July 1898, the French steamer La Bourgogne went down as the result of a collision with the British ship Cromartyshire off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia. She was carrying 506 passengers and 220 crew, of whom 546 were lost.