The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1878
Record 2 of 20

System Number: 04234
Date: 4 February 1878
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry John Murcott[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M504
Document Type: ALS


Dear Sir -

I want you to make me at once another frame like the last two -

also a stretcher - The stretcher[3] to measure
2. ft ½ inch or 24½ inches
by 1." 5½ inches or 17½ in

The frame will be made to fit the stretcher - So that the sight measurement would be about twenty four inches and by seventeen inches - Please remember [p. 2] this time that second moulding you missed before - also let the inside flats be of the same oak as the rest of the frame - (and not stucco preparation) also let there be a glass - and have the pale green[4] gold - and especially let me have the frame stretcher here at once[5] - tomorrow evening - or say Thursday morning at about 10:30 - and the frame by next tuesday - evening - and oblige

Yours truly

J A McN. Whistler

Feb. 4th 1878

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1.  Henry John Murcott
Henry John Murcott (b. 1835 or 1836), picture framer, carver and gilder [more].

The address is embossed on page.

3.  stretcher
This may have been for Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 151), which is now 17½ x 24 " (44 x 61 cm). It could have been framed at this time for exhibition at II Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1878 (cat. no. 53).

4.  green
Double underlined.

5.  once
Double underlined.