The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1888
Record 18 of 53

System Number: 04997
Date: [20 April / 3 May 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward John Poole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P637
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Poole -

You know of this most important great Exhibition at Münich[3], where I am meaning to be well represented, having been specially invited -

Of course, on this occasion, you must not be omitted, as the charming owner of some of my most prized works[4]! -

However you were so good last year, and there are now others to cooperate by their loans, that I will only ask for two - [p. 2] the water colours, "Harmony in Violet & Yellow" (girl seated in yellow room) and the little "Arrangement in Black" - (girl seated against black background with hat & feather on her knee)

Do, if you can, let Mr Hanson[5] bring these back with him - as time presses and the people are waiting -

Put your own value upon them and they will be insured -

I should be delighted if you would come down tomorrow afternoon morning at about half past ten or eleven - to my new studio,

Tower House,
Tite Street -

and see what I am going to send - as they must be off before the end of the week -

with many thanks
Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

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1.  [20 April / 3 May 1888?]
Dated from references to fine art agents in W. Dowdeswell to JW, #00905, #00906.

2.  Edward John Poole
Edward John Poole (b. ca 1848), civil servant and art collector [more].

3.  Münich
3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888. JW sent a large group of works - thirteen oils, twenty watercolours, seven pastels and thirty etchings. Amongst the oils were Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) and Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

4.  works
Watercolours dating from the early 1880s: "Harmony in Violet & Yellow" may have been Harmony in violet and amber (M.906) and "Arrangement in Black" was probably Black and red (M.936).

5.  Mr Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].