The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00524
Date: 20 July 1901
Author: Richard Albert Canfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C25
Document Type: ALS


20th July '01.


James McNeill Whistler, Esqre.
8 Fitzroy Street, London.

My dear Mr. Whistler -

I have always regretted not meeting you, after I received your telegram from Corsica, and hope you have entirely recovered your health again.

I am most desirous of having some examples of your art, and for that reason write to ask of you to do me the honor [p. 2] of painting two works for me. I should like examples important in size - and, of course shall be only too glad to leave all matters concerning subjects, etc to your own decision.

I am in no haste for the works, should you be kind enough to accept the commission, and if you contemplate an exhibition in London or Paris next winter or spring, will await your pleasure about delivery. [p. 3] I shall esteem myself fortunate if you will undertake the commission, and enclose my cheque for £500. on a/c of honorarium [sic].

I hope also, if I can be in Europe next winter, not only to meet you in person, but to gain your consent to paint my portrait[2] for my children.

Our friend Coggeshall[3] gave me your London address to which I send this letter, and sincerely hope for a favorable response.

I have the honor, to be,
Very truly yours,

Richard A. Canfield

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1.  Richard Albert Canfield
Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more]. He amassed a very important collection of JW's work over the next two years.

2.  my portrait
Portrait of Richard A. Canfield (YMSM 547).

3.  Coggeshall
Walter Coggeshall (b. ca 1851), civil engineer [more].