This letter can be dated to the week before Christmas 1910, when Orpen was working on a portrait of his uncle, the Rt. Rev. Raymond D'Audemar Orpen, Bishop of Limerick, Adfert and Aghadoe. The letter is dated by reference to the Christie's sale which took place on Saturday, 10 December 1910, the Lottie picture was lot 74, sold under the title At the Wash Tub. It is now known as The Wash House (Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland). The sketch is of Uncle Raymond.