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Letter from Mary Seton Watts to C.J. Holmes, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 17 April 1915, giving an account of her husband's portrait of Crane.


most rapidly painted portraits, and to support a theory that he painted best at white heat, but this was not so, it was quite usual for him to require only five sittings for a portrait.

"I have tried to give it the forward look" my husband said to Mr. Crane and he replied simply 'Well, I have always looked to the future since I was a boy, and I hope I shall never give up doing so"-

yrs. very sincerely

M.S. Watts