System Number: 05379
Date: [24/31 January 1889?]
Author: John Singer Sargent
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S23
Document Type: ALS
33, TITE STREET,
CHELSEA. S. W.
My dear Whistler
Not so the scalp - take it away - I [p. 2] hate scalps -
Shake not your gory locks at me! Will all the perfumes of Arabia sweeten that little hand? that little foot?
Pardon me. You know I am up to my ears [p. 3] in Macbeth.
John S. Sargent
1. [24/31 January 1889?]
Dated by reference to JW's quarrel with Stott of Oldham (see below). This is in reply to a letter from JW, for which there are undated drafts (#05378). JW's reply, #05381, is also undated.
Whistler, James McNeill, Le 'Ten O'Clock' de M. Whistler, Paris, 1888.
6. Shake not ... hand
Freely quoted speeches by Macbeth to Banquo's ghost ('Thou canst not say I did it; never shake Thy gory locks at me') and Lady Macbeth's soliloquy ('All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand') in Shakespeare's Macbeth Act III, Scene 4, and Act V, Scene 1.