The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice 1899
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System Number: 00457
Date: 10 February 1899
Author: William Burrell[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B237
Document Type: ALS


10th Feby 1899

Dear Mr Whistler,

I wrote you about a fortnight ago saying that I should be glad to lend the 'Princess[2]' to the Venice Exhibition[3] and I hope you received my letter all right.

I now write you about [p. 2] another matter. The Lord Provost[4] of Glasgow who is also Lord Lieutenant of the County and who holds office for three years is, on retiral, presented by the City Corporation with his portrait - or rather the portrait is preserved in the Corporation Galleries and a replica is presented to the Lord Provost. The present Lord Provost Sir David Richmond is, like many others here, a great [p. 3] admirer of your work and as he is a friend of mine I have been asked to write to enquire if you would care to paint the portrait - full length - along with a replica and in the event of your undertaking the Commission what your charge would be

I hope you are keeping well and with kind regards

I remain
Yours sincerely

Wm Burrell

Jas MacNeill Whistler Esq

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1.  William Burrell
William Burrell (1861-1958), ship-owner and collector [more].

2.  Princess
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

3.  Venice Exhibition
3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice, 1899.

4.  Lord Provost
Sir David Richmond (1843-1908), Lord Provost of Glasgow, 1896-1899. His portrait was painted eventually by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist [more].