The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 16 of 37

System Number: 04218
Date: 5 August 1892
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Adolf Paulus[1]
Place: [Munich]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M488
Document Type: ALS

33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.

Aug. 5. 1892.


Dear Mr. Paulus -

I am going to trespass upon your time and amiability again - Will you write and tell me exactly what has taken place about the proposed purchase of the "Little White Girl[3]," by the Committee[4]? - I sent Mr. Potter's[5] address to Mr. Ulrich[6], as requested, but have had heard no more -

Have the Committee been able to buy the picture? If not, what correspondence passed between them & Mr. Potter? -

What price did he ask? - and if he has sold the picture, what price did he accept? -

[p. 2][7] You & I Atlas[8] know that The The Selling of a horse, or the letting of a house, you & I Atlas know that covers a multitude of sins[9] -

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1.  Adolf Paulus
Adolf Paulus (b. 1851), business manager of the Kϋnstlergenossenschaft and instigator of the Munich Secession in 1893 [more].

2.  Private
Double underlined.

3.  Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), which was sold the following year to Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

4.  Committee
Negotiation to buy Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), which had been exhibited at 6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892, for the Neue Pinakothek, failed.

5.  Mr. Potter's
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

6.  Mr. Ulrich
Charles Frederic Ulrich (1858-1908), genre painter [more].

7.  [p. 2]
The text on this page appears to be a fragment of another draft letter.

8.  Atlas
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more].

9.  multitude of sins
See James 5.20; 1 Peter 4.8.