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Record 20 of 23

System Number: 07477
Date: [18/30 December 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [newspaper editor]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X51
Document Type: ALd[2]

Sir -

We, nous autres[3], have waited to see if Mr de Montesquiou[4] would in his confidences to America, reveal his own great talent in their special God gifted speciality = business!

as h

as he has refrained, I think it due to his great talents that modesty - the little correspondence I send you should at once appear -

I need not dwell upon many little details of the voyage that this may put in new & refreshing light -

[p. 2] & the portrait[5] acquired as gentle the Poet, for a song, is sold again as the Jew of the rue Lafitte[6] for ten times that first air!


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1.  [18/30 December 1902]
Dated from JW's correspondence with Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more], especially Canfield to JW, [7 December 1902], #00531; see also #00529, #00530, #00531. This letter also relates closely to one from JW to R. de Montesquiou, [7] December 1902, #04161.

2.  ALd
Written in pencil.

3.  nous autres
Fr., we others.

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

5.  portrait
Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398). JW became upset when he learnt that de Montesquiou had just sold his portrait to Canfield for 60,000 francs.

6.  Jew of the rue Lafitte
Arnold Seligmann, art dealer in the Place Vendôme, Paris, bought Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398) and sold it to Canfield. It was sent to JW's studio and, after his death, to Canfield in America.