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System Number: 11089
Date: [September/December 1896?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry Bramsen[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Private collection
Document Type: PLc[3]

Fitzroy Street,
Fitzroy Square

Dear Mr Bramsen —

I have been absolutely prevented writing to you before to tell you how greatly [touched] I was by your Fathers[4] exceeding kind and courteous thought of me - and by your own charming letter.

The little pictures are delightful and I trust one of the days I meet the most gifted and sympathetic artist himself[5].

The address at the top is that of my studio - where I hope to persuade you to come and breakfast with me directly I get out of this bewildering stress of work that is upon me.

With my kindest regards and thanks, I am dear Mr Bramsen
very sincerely yours

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  [September/December 1896?]
Dated by P. Vad (see below) and by the address.

2.  Henry Bramsen
Henry Bramsen (1875-1919 or 1929), cellist [more].

3.  PLc
Published in Vad, Poul, Vilhelm Hammershoi and Danish Art at the Turn of the Century, 1992, pp. 162-63, p. 426, note 218.

4.  Fathers
Dr Alfred Bramsen (1851-1932), dentist and art collector [more], started collecting Hammershøi's work in 1889. Bramsen commissioned a portrait of the painter's mother Frederikke Hammershøi, (1894, 97.5 x 77.5 cm., private collection). This was an introspective and powerful portrait that showed obvious affinities with JW's work, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), a portrait he knew from reproduction, and which had formed the basis for the composition of earlier portraits of his mother (1886, private collection, Vad, op. cit., pp. 61, 136-38; Bramsen, Alfred, Fortegnelse over Vilhelm Hammershøis Arbejder (Survey of the Works of Vilhelm Hammershøi), Copenhagen, 1900).

5.  artist himself
Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), painter of figures and interiors [more], visited London from October 1897 to May 1898 and hoped, but failed, to see JW.