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System Number: 09410
Date: [16/22 November 1890?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Art Archives KI, p. 58
Document Type: ALS


Dear Sir -

I am told that you have acquired the two paintings[3] of mine that were offered at the Howell sale[4] the other day -

Also I hear that they are not the only works by me that you have cared to purchase! This being the case, you will perhaps pardon [p. 2] my curiosity to see them hanging upon your walls - and my desire to know the collector who so far ventures to brave popular prejudice in this country -

May I come and see your gallery? and if so, when would it be convenient to you to show me your pictures?

Pray accept my [excuses?]

J. McNeill Whistler

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Graham Roberson Esq -
23. Rutland Gate -
Kensington -


1.  [16/22 November 1890?]
Dated after the auction of C. A. Howell's collection on 13 November 1890, which JW refers to as taking place 'the other day' (see below) .

2.  Walford Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

3.  two paintings
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73 ) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

4.  Howell sale
The collection of Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], sold at auction, Christie, London, 13 November 1890; Robertson bought cat. nos. 434 and 545.