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System Number: 05202
Date: [1/8 February 1903][1]
Author: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: Bath
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R102
Document Type: ALS

27 Royal Crescent

Dear Whistler

Continued dropping wears away a stone - & your Mr Canfield[3] has been dropping so many vigorous hints to the effect that he longs to possess 'Rosa Corder'[4] that I am worn to a shadow. He should not have taken her except over my dead body, were it not that I am now so seldom in London that I very rarely see the lady myself.

I have sometimes felt lately that she does not now [p. 2] enjoy the social advantages to which she is accustomed & wondered whether she ought to be left so much to herself.

I know that the picture is a favourite one with you & should like to feel that - if the exchange is effected - it had your approval.

Please dont answer. I shall be in town in a few days & will call to talk matters over.

very sincerely

Graham Robertson.

I hope you are keeping well.

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1.  [1/8 February 1903]
This precedes a letter from JW on [10 February 1903] to R. A. Canfield, #03057.

2.  Walford Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

3.  Mr Canfield
Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more].

4.  'Rosa Corder'
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203). Robertson did indeed sell it to Canfield.