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System Number: 05349
Date: [March/June 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Rennell Rodd[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R244
Document Type: ALS[3]

[roundel with head of Leonardo]


Most charming! - most elegant and delightful - while nothing could be more graceful than the honor[4] done to the Painter! -

Come and we will talk about it - I want you on Sunday to breakfast again, if you are not [p. 2] tired of American dishes - You will I hope meet some people you will like -

About Thursday - come and you can tell us about Oscar[5] - but I think this time you had better come alone - as Lady A[6] will be sitting - and we might go on painting while we listened to any news -

Mrs Pattison[7] you might persuade to come some other afternoon - next week - we can arrange -

Now do come - say at about 4 .. o'clock.

Always yours

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [March/June 1881]
Dated from signature and reference to Lady Archibald Campbell (see note below).

2.  James Rennell Rodd
James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, poet and diplomat [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Bloomsbury sale catalogue, 7 March 1984, lot 109.

4.  honor
This possibly relates to Rodd's recently published book of verse, Songs in the South, later published under the title Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf with an introduction 'L'Envoi' by Oscar Wilde. Rodd, who was close to JW in the 1880s, may have sent him an inscribed copy.

5.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

6.  Lady A
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more]. Lady Archibald sat for several portraits. They were The Grey Lady: Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 241), Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell in Court Dress (YMSM 240) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

7.  Mrs Pattison
Mrs Jane Patisson, a social acquaintance who posed for JW [more].