The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1872
Record 4 of 9

System Number: 07905
Date: [December 1872][1]
Author: JW
Place: Speke Hall
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/24/6
Document Type: ALS


Speke Hall-
Speke - near Liverpool -

Dear Deschamps -

I dare say you thought that by this time I should have been back in town, or you would have answered my note[4]- I shall however remain here until Sunday evening - so do write please and tell me as I begged you to, whether my pictures[5] from the Dudley[6] are now safely hanging in your care up stairs in my gallery[7]? Also about the pictures for Paris[8] - have they arrived safely. Tell me in short all any [sic] news you [p. 2] may have - and if you can get me a proof of the photograph Parsons[9] has taken of my Mothers picture[10] I wish you would send it to me here so that I may receive it by at least Sunday morning at latest - after that it would be too late -

Very truly Yrs

J A McN Whistler

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1.  [December 1872]
Dated by references to exhibitions (see below).

2.  Charles William Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more].

3.  FRL
The embossed monogram of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more], then living at Speke Hall.

4.  my note
Not located.

5.  pictures
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117), Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 118) and possibly Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119).

6.  Dudley
6th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1872.

7.  my Gallery
The 5th Exhibition, Society of French Artists, London, 1872 opened at the Deschamps Gallery, 168 New Bond Street, London, on 4 November 1872.

8.  pictures for Paris
Exhibition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, opened in January 1873.

9.  Parsons
John Robert Parsons (ca 1826 - d.1909), painter, photographer, and art dealer [more], (see #07906).

10.  Mothers picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101). The earliest photograph is dated 1872 (see #07906).