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System Number: 09044
Date: [19 April 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Richard Albert Canfield[2]
Place: London
Repository: Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Call Number: Library collections NYBA 94-A1
Document Type: ALS[3]

74. Cheyne Walk.

Dear Mr Canfield -

The messenger came all right - and thank you so much - -

You will be pleased to read the telegram that arrived from Johnston[4] - It was to him that I wrote tonight - [p. 2] for it occurred to me that after all perhaps my kind confrêres have been using their judgement with the best intentions to please me!? - and so I had better wait further information -

In reading the telegram, you will remember that mine to Johnston was: Wire if you think Vanderbilt portrait[5] looks "skyed". —

You had better go and see the "New English Art Club"[6] - tomorrow -

You remember I told you about it - You shall report your impressions on Monday -

I enclose solemn and portentious [sic] utterances from Saturday Review which you might refer to in Gallery! -

English Art Club exhibition, Egyptian Hall - Piccadilly -

I shall read the Times!

à lundi[7], then!

Very sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

[p. 3] 'In reference to pictures sent to Paris Exhibition care of Humphrey Johnstone esq, and which included oval of Mrs George W. Vanderbilt.[8]'

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Richard Canfield - Esq -
Claridges Hotel -
Brook Street -
Grosvenor Square
[postmark on verso:] LON[DON] / 7. AM / AP 19 / 02


1.  [19 April 1902]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
Written on narrow bordered mourning stationery.

4.  Johnston
Probably Henry James Johnston (1835-1907), genre and landscape painter [more]. JW's letter to him is untraced.

5.  Vanderbilt portrait
JW had told Canfield that he was sending Ivoire et or: Portrait de Madame Vanderbilt (YMSM 515) to the 12th Exhibition, Ouvrages de Peintures, Sculpture, Dessin, Gravure, Architecture et Objets d'Art, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1902 (cat. no. 1193) (#03049). The exhibition opened on 21 April 1902.

6.  'New English Art Club'
A critic commented that their annual exhibition was dominated by the work of Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942), painter [more] (see Sickert, Oswald, 'The Twenty-Seventh Exhibition of the New English Art Club', Studio, vol. 24, no. 106, January 1902, pp. 263-68).

7.  lundi
Fr., until Monday.

8.  Vanderbilt
The note 'In reference ... Vanderbilt' appears to be in Canfield's hand.