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System Number: 00533
Date: 17 December 1902
Author: Richard Albert Canfield[1]
Place: [Providence, RI]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C34
Document Type: ALfc[2]

Dear Mr Whistler -

Your cable[3] was repeated from New York, which caused a delay in my reply ..... The facts in the Montesquiou portrait[4] purchase as written to me by Mons Arnold Seligmann[5] are these: I had requested him to try to buy the portrait, and had told him I would give 75000 f and his commission. After some slight delay, Seligmann cabled me that he had bought it. In a few days his letter came, in which he said he had paid le Comte[6] 60,000 f. and I forwarded draft for same plus commission. His next note enclosed Montesquiou's receipt & his own. At once I cabled him to keep the portrait until my arrival, & to keep my name as buyer a secret [...]

Richard Canfield -

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

2.  ALfc
Written in Canfield's hand and accompanied by the note: 'Extract from Letter from Mr Canfield to Mr Whistler Providence RI Dec 17 - 1902 -'

3.  cable
JW to Canfield, [16 December 1902], #00530.

4.  Montesquiou portrait
Canfield had just purchased Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398) from the sitter for 60,000 francs. See also R. Canfield to JW, #00530; #00531; #00532.

5.  Mons Arnold Seligmann
Arnold Seligmann, art dealer in the Place Vendôme, Paris.

6.  Comte
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].