Letter from Wilfrid Laurier to John W. Russell, May 26, 1915
Description
Creators
Laurier, Wilfrid, Correspondent
Russell, John W.
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typed and signed letter, on House of Commons letterhead, from Wilfrid Laurier to portrait artist John W. Russell on May 26, 1915.
Notes
John W. Russell's "Portrait of Sir Wilfrid Lauirer" was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1916. (Portrait no. 313)

The pages are faded and damaged.Letter was previously matted and framed. The two pages are glued together. A strip of mat board remains glued to the top of the pages.

Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was Canada's eighth Prime Minister, holding office 1896-1911. Laurier was born in St. Lin, Quebec. He received a law degree from McGill University in 1864, and practiced law in Montreal and Arthabaskville from 1864-1896. Wilfrid Laurier was Liberal party leader from 1887 until his death in 1919.

Transcribed by Katherine Karpiak in June 2013.
Date of Original
May 26, 1915
Dimensions
Width: 37 cm
Height: 26 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S706_2.2
Collection
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S706 Disc2
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Ottawa, May 26th, 1915.

My dear Russell,

It was a pleasure to receive your letter, and I appreciate it still more if, as I understand, you found time to divert these moments from your honeymoon.

I was present at the unveiling the other day of your work at the Ontario Club. I thought this portrait remarkably good, and so did everybody present; I say this in all sincerity and with no tings of flattery whatever. I remember that in the course of our conversations you told me often that the painting of the hands was the test of a good portrait. If this test is accurate you certainly have succeeded.

With regard to the immediate object of your letter, I am sorry to say that there is no question of painting a portrait for me for the Senate. But there is a portrait of me in the Speakers' Chambers of the House of Commons which I do not like, and which I would like to replace by another one. I would like you to undertake the work, but I have to tell you that I could give only a very insufficient remuneration as it would have to come

(Page 2)

from my own pocket.

If you can undertake the work, let me know your terms; I will be ready to sit for it in the first days of June.

With best wishes,

Believe me,

Yours very sincerely,

Wilfrid Laurier

Mr. John Russell

46 Washington Square

New York City

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Letter from Wilfrid Laurier to John W. Russell, May 26, 1915


Typed and signed letter, on House of Commons letterhead, from Wilfrid Laurier to portrait artist John W. Russell on May 26, 1915.