The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888
Record 11 of 30

System Number: 00582
Date: 25 April 1888
Author: Alfred Chapman[1]
Place: [Liverpool?]
Recipient: Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C83
Document Type: Lc[3]


25th April 1888

Messrs Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells.
160 New Bond Street.

Dear Sirs.

I have despatched to you to-day 2 cases. The larger contains 1 Picture A Nocturne in Blue & Gold (Bognor) by J. McN. Whistler valued at £350 & insured for that sum at Lloyds.

The Smaller case contains 1 Picture A Nocturne in Grey & Gold (Snow Piece) by J. McN. Whistler valued at £350[4] & insured for that sum at Lloyds.

The Policies for above insurances you sent to me last week - are dated 18th April 1888[.] In these Policies I note that the time for the detention at Paris and Munich respectively is limited to three months. I do not know how long these pictures may be detained at Paris or Munich - but I forward them to you on the distinct understanding that you will personally be responsible to me for renewal of the Policies if the pictures are detained beyond the three months, & failing your undertaking to so become responsible that you return the pictures to me forthwith.

Awaiting your confirmation of this understanding

I am Dear Si[r]
Yours faithfully

Alfred Chapman


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1.  Alfred Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

2.  Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells
JW's dealers Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell. Chapman had agreed to lend Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100) to the Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888. However, there seems to have been some difficulty arranging insurance cover whilst the picture and another work, Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174), bound for Munich - were in transit. The picture was eventually sent via Dowdeswell's and insured with Lloyd's for £350. See A. Chapman to JW, #00578, #00579, #00580 and letter draft, JW to A. Chapman, #02229, A. Chapman to Dowdeswells,' #00583.

3.  Lc
Copy written for JW by Dowdeswells. It appears on the same sheet as #13545 (Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells to JW, 28 April 1888), which introduces this letter to JW.

4.  350
Double underlined.