|Catalog Number||1986.06.15 a-b|
|Title||HERE I AM IN DEAR OLD LONDON|
|Object Name||Letter, Illustrated|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
In 1914, at Nancy's instigation, London's prestigious Dore Galleries mounted an exhibit of twenty-five of Russell's oil paintings and watercolors. While the show, which was titled "The West That Has Passed', garnered the Cowboy Artist much greater international exposure, it would be his only such exhibition abroad. While in England-as he stated at the close of this letter executed on Waldorf Hotel stationery-he was "lonsum" for Montana.
The message in ink reads: "Add. Dore Gallery / 35 New bond St. / London / April 4 (19)14 / Friend Bill here I am in dear old London another big camp of hold ups[.] about the onley differnce I can see the New York stick up sometimes says thanks but only when you loosen plenty[.] / but no matter how small in London the hold up says thank you Sir before and after you come across[.] / I dont know whether Im a Sir or not but Iv shure paid for it / I had such a rough trip over that everything seems to real yet[,] that boat sertanly was ressless / She don everything but lay still / everything brock loos in my room[.] Iv rode buck bords an stage coaches with drunken drivers[,] an cayuses that made me pull leather but nothing as hard to stay in or on as this ocean going hotel. Bill that room of ours used to weave and role some at times but it was never caused by water / Well Bill Il tell more when I get back / best reagards to yourself and the bunch / Your friend / CM Russell / Write if you get time Im lonsum."