The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 51 of 54

System Number: 13930
Date: [23 August 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dieppe
Recipient: Christine Anderson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler MS [number to be assigned]
Document Type: ALS[3]


Mrs Anderson

I have all your letters - kindly send at once names of the proofs that Mr Freer[4] has chosen - and then I can perhaps help you -

Make out again clearly names & description of drawing, water colours & paintings that Mr. Freer wishes - also their accompanying prices as you have them already -

[p. 2] Of course now that you have the water colour of the girl standing[5] under Mr Freer's consideration, it must not go to Mr Kennedy[6] or any one else until Mr Freer has decided -

The pen & ink drawings all right -

Gutekunst[7] - You quite understand that
15 per cent only can be allowed - on etchings
12.  - -  .  .  on lithographs -
10.   .  .  .  on drawings paintings etc - -

The Mill[8] - Proof not for sale - very rare - and obliged to make further enquiries -

International pictures[9] -
No question of price as I have told you -
"La cigale" - and the "Little Lady Sophie" go to Mr. Freer -

"Lilly in our Alley" & "Nocturne Chelsea Rags" belong to Mr. Cowan [10]- and should go direct from Exhibition to him in Scotland -

[p. 3] The Marine belongs to Mr J. S. Forbes[11] I believe, and this again is the affair of the Sec[retar]y of the International and you must refuse to have any thing to do with it - -

Remains there only "Carmen qui rit[12]", the other oval - That you can keep, and if enquiries be made we will see -

Write always directly anything occurs -

Yours truly

J McN Whistler

Pavillon Madeleine
Pourville sur - Mer -
pres Dieppe -


[p. 1] Dont forget to date your letters.

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1.  [23 August 1899]
Dated from the day written by Whistler (although it is practically illegible), the address (Whistler and the Birnie Philips had taken a villa in Dieppe for the summer), and references to related correspondence and the International (see below).

2.  Christine Anderson
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more]. This letter must follow shortly after #00793.

3.  ALS
The letter is written at right angles to the printed heading.

4.  Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

5.  water colour of the girl standing
Not identified.

6.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

7.  Gutekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].

8.  The Mill
An etching of Holland, The Mill (K.413).

9.  International pictures
JW took great care over the hanging of his own panel of pictures at the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899. The sketch, Plan of a panel of pictures for the ISSPG (M.1582), shows the hanging scheme of Purple and Gold: Phryne the Superb! - Builder of Temples (YMSM 490) and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174), which were not shown, and Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66), Rose and Brown: La Cigale (YMSM 495), Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504), which were.

10.  Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more], had purchased Brown and Gold: Lillie 'In our Alley!' (YMSM 464) from JW in January 1899 (Cowan to JW, #00727). JW issued a receipt for this portrait and another picture, Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174), on 8 February (#00729).

11.  Forbes
James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), railway manager and collector [more], who lent Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).

12.  Carmen qui rit
Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit (YMSM 506).