Documents associated with: 1st World of Art Exhibition, St Petersburg, 1899
Record 4 of 5
System Number: 05200
Date: [8/15 January 1899]
Author: Walford Graham Robertson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R100
Document Type: ALS
My dear Whistler
I hate it's going, "I will not deceive you", but I also hate to refuse a request of yours so - go it must.
[p. 2] I am aware that I am yielding ungracefully but grace is not my strong point & after all it comes to the same thing in the end.
But for the Lord's Sake don't tell the other folks who wanted the picture lately, or they will come over here & tell me just what they think about me!
Please do not think [p. 3] me unfriendly in always making such an unhallowed fuss about the pictures going away but I am very fond of them - you would not like me to have them if I was not - and I am always anxious about them during their absence - I wish, if you could conveniently do so, you would stipulate that the picture should not be removed from it's frame. Often on it's return from wanderings, it is very dirty & dusty & has been carelessly taken in & out of the frame - for what reason I know not.
[p. 4] So that's settled, & you must try to forgive my general unpleasantness, reflecting that I was "born so & must please myself" even though I may never succeed in pleasing anybody else.
I am just up & out after influenza & the world is yellow before my face - hence this objectionable letter.
I hope you are well and that we shall meet when you are next in town. Do let me know.
James Dicksee and Co., 7 Ryder Street, London; fine art agents, packers and conveyancers.