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System Number: 05923
Date: 29 June 1899
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt[1]
Place: Queenstown, Co. Cork
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V12
Document Type: ALS[2]

[Flag with star over monogram:] OSNC


June 29th 99

Cher Maître

Just a few lines of au revoir before putting the big pond between us. For two days in London we[3] did nothing but rest and in fact [p. 2] took all the week very easily.

I enjoyed the International Ex.[4] very much and admired all of yours of course. The marine[5] was new to me and much the most important marine of yours I have seen. It is very beautiful. Your [p. 3] pupils picture[6] seemed to me full of fascination and power. We both wish you were on the steamer but alas! you are not. Why not take the bull and Jonathan[7] by the horns and come over in the fall and make us a good visit.

Jonathan is in [p. 4] fine form at present, but as usual in danger of doing too much.

Hoping to see you again before long

as always
Devotedly & affectionately yours

George Vanderbilt

[sketched circular pencil lines]

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1.  George Washington Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

2.  ALS
The letterhead of the White Star Line is printed in red ink. 'OSNC' stands for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, founded in 1869. The Teutonic and Majestic were built in 1889. Incidentally the notepaper also bears the watermark 'WHITE STAR / LINE'

3.  we
See the letter from Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more], 29 June 1899, #05913.

4.  International Ex.
The 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899. JW showed works including six oils and four drawings. The oils included Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504).

5.  marine
Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66), then owned by James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), railway manager and collector [more].

6.  pupils picture
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more], sent a study probably painted at the Académie Carmen: I. Addams, Etude de la Semaine (z250).

7.  Jonathan
Jonathan Sturges (1864-1911), author and translator [more].