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System Number: 03079
Date: [December 1879/January 1880]
Recipient: William Graham
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 74
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS
I am very bad my dear Graham - throat frightfully ulcerated and painful - ought to have a Doctor - who would you recommend!- will you kindly tell Francesco
The doctor ought to know that it is a case of throat so that he may come prepared to paint it with solution of nitrate of silver or whatever it is -
Dear me I have had too many Sottoporticos for my health! - If you are wandering at all this way do come in - What do you think of Richetti if that be his name - ? If you like to bring the Californian with you, do so -
[p. 2] Signor Graham
Fondamenta dei Felze [sic]
`Whistler treated this Physician (not Richetti but the one we sent him) very rudely and I told him so. (no fatal consequences from this encounter)'
Francesco, possibly JW's gondolier in Venice.
The note on p. 2 regarding the doctor is written by Graham. See also Graham's reminiscences, dated 3 March 1908, which are in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC).
Ital., archway or tunnel, the sort of place JW would sit to etch.
Richetti, probably a doctor.
Graham himself was from California, so this may have been someone visiting him.
8. Fondamenta dei Felze
Fondamenta dei Felzi is a short quay, in Canareggio, just north of the Grand Canal. The letter was sent by hand, with no envelope.