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System Number: 05928
Date: [10/15 December 1902][1]
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt[2]
Place: Biltmore
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V17
Document Type: ALS

[embossed:] BILTMORE HOUSE,

'Answered Dec. 30th 1902.'[4]

Dear Miss Philip

Will you be good enough to write me a few lines telling me how The Master is getting on. Mrs V.[5] and I were very worried when we heard of his illness. We hope by [p. 2] now & in fact long since he is quite recovered. Is he back in London & in the studio again. Tell him please I am ready to come over for some more sittings[6] whenever he is ready for me.

We have been and [p. 3] still are enjoying our beautiful autumn & are having many friends with us.

Please remember us both to Mrs Philip[7] & give our most affectionate regards to The Master and believe me with kindest regards to yourself in which Mrs V. joins

Very sincerely yrs

George Vanderbilt

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1.  [10/15 December 1902]
Dated from Rosalind Birnie Philip's endorsement.

2.  George Washington Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

3.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  'Answered Dec. 30th 1902.'
Written in Rosalind Birnie Philip's hand.

5.  Mrs V.
Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more].

6.  sittings
Sittings for Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481). Vanderbilt commissioned the work in May 1897 (see G. Vanderbilt to JW, #05914). In July 1902, JW became seriously ill whilst on holiday in Holland and he did not return to London until September. His health never fully recovered and Vanderbilt's portrait remained unfinished. However, it was in sufficiently good condition to be sent to Vanderbilt after JW's death in 1903.

7.  Mrs Philip
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].