The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 47 of 54

System Number: 03197
Date: [4 August 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Pourville-sur-mer]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 41
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Freer -

A line only to acknowledge your very delightful letter[3] - of which I hope next week to talk to you -

And to wonder if you have seen the Bognor[4] at Liverpool? -

I am having sent to you [p. 2] a photogravure they have just done of the little Lady Sophie[5] - to keep her in your mind, in case she remain with me for another couple of Steamers! -

I am much better again and were it not for the doctor's injunctions would run over to London directly -

However by tuesday [p. 3] next - or Wednesday morning I hope to see you -

In great haste
Very Sincerely Yrs

J. McNeill Whistler.

Have you had the book[6]?

[p. 4]
Mr. Freer
1. Pierrot[7] [tick]          [tick]
2. The Dyers Long House [tick] (The Dyers) X
3. Zaandam [tick]   X
4. Steps Amsterdam -        X
5. The Mill -               X
6. The Square [tick] House - X
7. The Dance House. [tick] NocturneX
8. The balcony - [tick] Amsterdam   X
9. The Little drawbridge [tick]     X
10. The Bridge [tick]         X

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Charles L. Freer. Esq
the Carlton Hotel
[stamp:] [POSTE] / [...] / [REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE]
[postmark:] [DIEPPE] / SEINE INFRE / [11?] 4 / AOUT / 99
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S. W. / 34 / [...] A.M. / AU 5 / 99


1.  [4 August 1899]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  ALS
This letter was published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 38, pp. 125-26. The stationary has a deep mourning border.

4.  letter
Not located.

5.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

6.  Lady Sophie
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504), reproduced in the catalogue of 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.

7.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

8.  Pierrot
Works listed are: Pierrot (K.407); Long House - Dyer's - Amsterdam (K.406); Zaandam (K.416); Steps, Amsterdam (K.403); The Mill (K.413); Square House, Amsterdam (K.404); Nocturne: Dance House (K.408); Balcony, Amsterdam (K.405); Little Drawbridge, Amsterdam (K.412); and Bridge, Amsterdam (K.409).