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System Number: 03058
Date: [29 March/April 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Richard Albert Canfield[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/145
Document Type: MsLc[3]

Dear Mr. Canfield -

Come in tomorrow afternoon and I will tell you how vexed I am that you should have been startled by the returned telegram! -

Your letter[4] came the morning after its despatch - and showed again how improper all anxiety always is!

I have much to show you - and it will be all right I fancy about the portrait[5] -

Tomorrow then - at the old Studio -

I shall look for you at four o'clock -

very sincerely

J. McNeill Whistler

Sunday evening.

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Richard Canfield Esq.
Claridges Hotel.
Brook Street
Grosvenor Square -


1.  [29 March/April 1902]
Dated from the reference to Canfield's portrait (see below), the almanac (29 March was a Sunday in 1902) and the reference to the 'old studio' (JW moved to 74 Cheyne Walk about 25 March 1902.

2.  Richard Albert Canfield
Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more].

3.  MsLc
Letter and envelope address copied by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  Your letter

5.  portrait
Portrait of Richard A. Canfield (YMSM 547) was commissioned in May 1901, probably started in March 1902, continued at the New Year in 1903, and it is said he posed every day until 16 May 1903, when he sailed for New York. It was sent to Canfield after JW's death by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].