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Record 9 of 27

System Number: 09403
Date: 26 November [1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Call Number: WR 654
Credit Line: © The Huntington Library
Document Type: ALS


21 CHEYNE WALK,
CHELSEA.

Dear Mr. Robertson -

Do take this occasion, and send for Grau[3] - and tell him to make you at once one of my beautiful new frames for the Valparaiso[4] - Of exactly the same gold as that he has used for me lately - The old frame is altogether to rickety - & moreover it neither fitted (too large - Grau should have the "sight"[5] at least an eigth of an inch smaller all round) nor was it of the right colour - Your picture in the new frame will look five times as stately and beautiful -

[p. 2] Voila! - And now I am delighted to hear that the pictures have returned from their journeys in excellent condition - and I thank you again for all your amiable courtesy in the matter - If you would like to keep the two other pictures yet for a while, instead of being tired of them, I shall be glad to let you yet for a while with you keep them a little longer -

A bientot then -
Very sincerely

J McN Whistler


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Envelope:

To
Graham Robertson Esq
23. Rutland Gate
S. W.
[Stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[Postmark:] CHELSEA S. W. / ZZ / NO26 / [90?]


Notes:

1.  26 November [1890]
Dated by the postmark and reference to 'Valparaiso' (see below).

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

3.  Grau
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].

4.  Valparaiso
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) had recently been bought by Robertson (see #09410).

5.  sight
The inner mount or slip around the picture.