The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04083
Date: [1886/1890?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Algernon Bertram Mitford[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M353
Document Type: ALd

Mon cher[3] Ami -

They tell me that there are many things upon which you migh may be congratulated apart from the great fact that you are always charming - Among others I once saw you spoken of as Lord Mitford - If This, if it be, is as it should be - and you have my heartiest felicitations - Lord & Lady Mitford[4] will [be so?] and in your Peers robes you will look like a Titian[5] until you are painted by Leighton[6]! -

You never come near Chelsea -

I hear sometimes from Calcraft[7] of your wonderful horses - and now I want wish you would give some work look at some horse painting by Wallace[8] - an old friend of mine - I am sure you would like his work - Böehm[9] knew him - and so does Sir Frederick - He does delightful portraits of horses in water colo coulor [sic] - of a nice cabinet size -

He knows all about a horse too - and I know would be ever so pleased to do some pictures of your famous breed of British Dray Horse -

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1.  [1886/1890?]
JW was mistaken in referring to the recipient as 'Lord Mitford', but his mistake suggests a date of 1886, when Mitford inherited the estate of the Earl of Redesdale and added the name Freeman to his own. He became 1st Baron Redesdale in 1902.

2.  Algernon Bertram Mitford
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more].

3.  Mon cher
'Mon cher ... Leighton! -' is written in pencil; the remainder written in black ink.

4.  Lady Mitford
Clementine Gertrude Helen Mitford (1854-1932), née Ogilvy, wife of the 1st Baron Redesdale [more].

5.  Titian
Tiziano ('Titian') Vecello or Vecellio (1485-1576), painter and engraver [more].

6.  Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more].

7.  Calcraft
Probably Henry George Calcraft (1836-1896), Secretary to the Board of Trade [more].

8.  Wallace
Probably William Walls (1860-1942), animal painter and watercolourist [more].

9.  Böehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].