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|Selected Letters||Letter from Cecil Rhodes to Mary Seton Watts, (possibly 1898), regarding his visit to the Watts's home and the didactic role which he envisaged for the portrait.|
Dear Mrs Watts
Even the little maid servant who opened the door had been affected by the atmosphere. I felt it in her answers and her face.
I hope for his own pleasure your husband will
be satisfied with my picture. If not tell him from
me to try the full face
in the group and put in the
eyes of the Sphinx looking over the desert into eternity for
the future, only in my case for empire of the race that I believe
to be the best and which will be the best if we educate the youth
to their responsibilities and teach them work is paramount.
You will kindly share this letter only with your husband.