Documents associated with: Canfield, Richard Albert
Record 4 of 77
System Number: 00525
Date: [21 July/August 1901]
Recipient: Richard Alfred Canfield
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C26a
Document Type: ALdS
Dear Mr Canfield -
When I saw, at Mr Coggeshall's, photographs and reproductions of the rare
& beautiful exqui furniture & bronzes with which you have surrounded yourself, I was especially pleased with the perfect relation between the objects themselves and the rooms in which they are placed - & to which they therefore [p. 2] seem to have always belonged! -
This absence of all overcrowding - this refined feeling of fair space about the beautiful thing itself - like the large margin framing the sonnet - reveals immediately a subtle sense that marks the difference between the man born to live with [that?] delight in what he gathers about him, and the ["]Collector" made to stock his place with bric-a brac! -
I could not help speaking of this to Mr Coggeshall at the time - and your letter
to me since, is of in its a delicacy & of charm of courtesy in its proposals to myself that shows how true was my impression could only come from 'confirms me in is of the accuracy of my impression. I need not say with what pleasure it will be to me to have work inon such walls & in such care and I gladly accept your proposition.
With regard to your portrait we will doubtless come to some clearer
conclusion understanding when we meet. I had intended
Believe me dear Mr Canfield
faithfu sincerely yours.
J. McNeill Whistler.
P. S. Though very much wandering about of late any letter
s would always reach me at Garlant's Hotel - Suffolk Street - Pall Mall - London -'
4. beautiful exqui
These words are written over one another.
5. in its proposals
These words were crossed out and then re-instated by a dotted line beneath.
JW's in-laws, the Birnie Philips, were staying at Dovercourt.