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System Number: 05197
Date: 13 April [1891][1]
Author: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R97
Document Type: ALS

S. W.

April 13th

I must write to tell you that I have seen the 'Carlyle[4]' at Goupils[5]. I can't possibly tell you what I thought of it so I won't try; but certainly it is the most lovely thing I have ever seen - and the grandest - & the saddest.

[p. 2] And why on earth it is going to Glasgow - and for a thousand pounds - I cannot possibly imagine.

I go out of town the beginning of next week for about ten days. I hope, when I return, the mysterious work[6] will be over & we shall be able to meet

With kind regards
Sincerely yours

Graham Roberston

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1.  13 April [1891]
Dated by reference to picture sale (see below).

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

3.  '1891'
Written in another hand.

4.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It had been bought by the Corporation of Glasgow for £1050.0.0 earlier in April 1891.

5.  Goupils
Art dealers.

6.  mysterious work
Possibly Impressions de gris perle: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 397).