The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1894-1895
Record 1 of 4

System Number: 03237
Date: [19 February 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 236
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.


Dear Mr Reid -

That sounds rather hopeful after all about the intentions of the Philadelphians[4] -

The medal might mean final purchase - don't you think? - Otherwise how explain their cabling to you and saying nothing to me? -

Am I to understand, from [p. 2] from your letter that you are coming over here?

If so, when? -

If you have any further communication concerning Gold Medal, please let me know -

Very Sincerely

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Alexander Reid. Esq
La Société des Beaux Arts.
227. West George Street .
Glasgow -
[postmark:] PARIS - [21?] / 1E 19 / FEVR / 94
[postmark on verso:] [GLASGOW] / [...] / FE 20 / 94


1.  [19 February 1894]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

3.  ALS
A copy in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], is in GUL Whistler LB 4/73.

4.  Philadelphians
64th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1894-1895. JW was notified about the Temple Gold Medal in a letter dated 16 February 1894, to which he replied on 4 March (see #02691). Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) was bought for the Wilstach Collection in 1894, the first work by JW bought for an American public collection.