Documents associated with: sales (JW's work)
Record 19 of 23
System Number: 00533
Date: 17 December 1902
Author: Richard Albert Canfield
Place: [Providence, RI]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C34
Document Type: ALfc
Dear Mr Whistler -
Your cable was repeated from New York, which caused a delay in my reply ..... The facts in the Montesquiou portrait purchase as written to me by Mons Arnold Seligmann 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 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 -
Written in Canfield's hand and accompanied by the note: 'Extract from Letter from Mr Canfield to Mr Whistler Providence RI Dec 17 - 1902 -'
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.