Letter to M.H. Spielmann
The letter featured here, addressed by John William Waterhouse to Marion Harry Spielmann (1858-1948), comes from a private collection. M.H. Spielmann was an art critic and editor of The Magazine of Art from 1887 to 1904. Waterhouse lived at 6 Primrose Hill Studios in the 1890s.
6 Primrose Hill
Forgive me for not answering your letter before, but just now being my busy time I had overlooked it. I shall not be able to attend the Dinner of the Artists General Benevolent Institution but shall be happy to send you three guis. [guineas] towards the subscription. With regard to the photographing of my pictures I have made up my mind not to have them reproduced this year in any magazine. I shall, however, be very pleased to show you my work for this year if at any time you are in my neighbourhood.
Yrs very faithfully,
Letters written by John William Waterhouse
Little is known about John William Waterhouse's private life. This website has gathered together a number of letters written by Waterhouse which are now in private collections.