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#0704: Willa Cather to Duncan M. Vinsonhaler, November 9 [1923]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Judge Vinsonhaler1:

For the last month I have been leading a rather frivolous and very crowded life in Paris2—so busy that I've not written to anyone, not even to my mother3. Now I have come back to the country to rest a little before sailing.

I sail on the Berengaria (Cunard) on November 17, and will carry the portrait4 with me in my cabin. I have the proper customs declaration, sworn to by the painter5.

I shall send the picture on to you within a few days after I reach New York6. If Bakst wants it for his exhibition in December, he must take the matter up with the owners of the painting. I will send it to you unframed, and will have it shipped by a responsible dealer in New York.

As to the frame; Bakst suggests a deep frame, eight or ten inches in depth, and a dull gold, or dark old gold in color. He particularly advises against a bright gold.

My father's7 address is simply C. F. Cather, Red Cloud Nebraska8; and my niece Mary Virginia Auld9 also lives in Red Cloud.

I have a photograph10 for you, taken in Bakst's studio, which I will send you from my own apartment at 5 Bank street11. Photographs sent from here are so likely to be broken in the mail. I do hope you will like the picture that has cost you so much trouble. I have taken several painter friends to see it, and they assure me that it's an admirable painting. As a likeness I think it only fair—but it does not bungle or hesitate. It presents one aspect of the person clearly and forcibly. I have enjoyed working with Bakst and getting better acquainted with you, so on the personal end I am the gainer.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather
Mr. J. M. Vinsonhaler1 First National Bank Building Omaha12 Nebraska U. S. A. Branson Hotel Branson, MO! PARIS GAPE SAINT LAZARE2 12 XI 1923 16 Via S.S. "Majestic"Prof Tyndale letter Willa Cather OMAHA, NEBR. HARNEY STA.12 NOV 24 1923 12 M