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System Number: 11208
Date: [October 1900?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Mrs Burkett[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 8/420/1
Document Type: TLc


Garlant's Hotel,
Suffolk Street,
Pall Mall.

Mrs. Burkett -

A man is coming this morning from Goupil's[3] for Miss Sophie's portrait[4], and I want Miss Edie[5] to give it to him, for she knows exactly where it is. She will also see that he takes it with the greatest care, and wraps it up properly before leaving the Studio.

I suppose he will come at about ten o'clock, or half past - and I dare say he will ring the Studio bell! So you will kindly all be on the look out.

I am afraid that I have caught a little more cold again with this horrible west wind - so that I dare not venture out in the early morning.

If Mrs. Barrett[6] comes please let her be told how disappointed I was yesterday - and that my cold prevents my coming to-day. Ask her to leave the address to which I may telegraph.

In any case let her wait in the parlour until after eleven, in case I were able to come after all -

and forgive the trouble I am giving you.


If Mrs. Carrington[7] comes let her be told the same thing.

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1.  [October 1900?]
Dated by the reference toa painting (see below).

2.  Mrs Burkett
Mrs Burkett, JW's landlady at 8 Fitzroy Square [more].

3.  Goupil's
London art dealer.

4.  Miss Sophie's portrait
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504); it was sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more], and arrived in Detroit in December 1900.

5.  Miss Edie
Edith Burkett (1893?-1973), daughter of JW's landlady [more].

6.  Mrs. Barrett
Mrs Barrett, either a model, or mother of one.

7.  Mrs. Carrington
Mrs Carrington, mother of the models, Eva and Gladys.