The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1867
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System Number: 06679
Date: 25 November and 7 December 1866
Author: George William Whistler[1]
Place: St Petersburg
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W673
Document Type: ALS

St. Petersburg

Nov. 25
Dec. 7 1866.

James A. Whistler

My dear Jim -

I received two days ago your letter[2] of the 29th Nov. & in this you will find a draft for £200. - which with the £50. - sent a few weeks since will pay you for the White Girl[3]. I dont much like its going to the Exposition[4], I fear it will be injured, or lost. How about its size? the very extreme length my rooms will afford is 8. feet. if the picture is longer I shall be unable to hang it except in the small[5] blue room, between dining & large salon - Willie[6] will understand - & the light falls upon the left side as you look at it if hung in this small room. I will write Willie in a few days -

from your affet.

G. W. W.

Excuse my writing[7] so little just now - am much occupied.

Julia[8] will try & send the Agourtzie[9] & Caviare.

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1.  George William Whistler
George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more].

2.  letter
Whereabouts unknown.

3.  Exposition
JW planned to send the painting to Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1867. It opened on 1 April 1867.

4.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38); George Whistler never received the picture. He wrote to JW again in 1868 (#06684), enquiring after it to no avail. He died the following year, and it was eventually received by his heirs.

5.  small
Double underlined.

6.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

7.  Excuse my writing ... W
Written at right angles to the main text in the left-hand margin.

8.  Julia
Julia de Kay Whistler (1825-1875), née Winans, JW's sister-in-law [more]. This final line is added in the top margin.

9.  Agourtzie
Russian pickles.