System Number: 05199
Date: [1/8 January 1899]
Author: Walford Graham Robertson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R99
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Whistler -
I have just received a letter from Princess [Cunduff?] requesting the loan of your two pictures for an Exhibition in St Petersburg. You know of old that the extraction of my - or rather your - pictures from me is a serious operation and not to be lightly undertaken so you will be prepared to hear that I have found myself unable to part with [p. 2] them in this case.
You see - Miss Corder was away all last summer at the International and she is so pleased to get home & rest & we are all so comfortable together. I am in hopes that this Exhibition is not a thing which you have very much at heart - I don't think I have failed you yet on any of these particular occasions - and that you will not mind the pictures staying quietly at home for the present.
[p. 3] I have never congratulated you on the International show. It was most interesting and very refreshing in this barren & dry land.
I wish when you are next in London you would let me know - and let me come & see you. I have never been in Paris once since you settled there.
I live almost entirely down here now where I have a little cottage & a big barn like studio and am left severely alone.
Every good wish for this New Year
1. [1/8 January 1899]
Dated by reference to the 'New Year' and exhibition (see below).
1st World of Art Exhibition, St Petersburg, 1899.
Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, which opened in May.