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Record 15 of 31

System Number: 05917
Date: 31 December 1897
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V6
Document Type: ALS[2]


Hotel Bristol Paris

Vous avez[3] raison mon cher Maitre j'ai un beau portrait[4].

I also have something that all great portraits dont bring, and feel that the delightful days in the studios are among my most precious possessions.

[p. 2] Everything you say in your letter meets with my approbation including the adjective you apply to myself.

I gladly enclose what you ask for now and will do likewise later when I take the picture. [p. 3] I only hope you will come to see it and me some day at Biltmore where you will find it worthily housed.

Dr Barnard[5] waked me up at two this morning to prescribe a tonic and tell me there was nothing concealed, [p. 4] my cold is a bad one but just a cold. I am taking the 2.15 train today instead of the early one so as not to be hurried.

Remember me to Mr MacMonnies[6] and I hope the shoes sent with this will fit.

Yours devotedly

George Vanderbilt

The last day of 1897.


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Notes:

1.  George Washington Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter to G. Vanderbilt, #05916.

2.  ALS
Written on mourning paper.

3.  Vous avez...portrait
Fr., You are right my dear Master I have a beautiful portrait.

4.  portrait
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481). Vanderbilt commissioned the work in May 1897 (see G. Vanderbilt to JW, #05914).

5.  Dr Barnard
Dr Barnard, doctor to G. W. Vanderbilt.

6.  Mr MacMonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].