Documents associated with: Bernheim, Alexandre
Record 4 of 6
System Number: 11590
Date: 25 October 1901
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 50
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
8. Fitzroy Street.
Oct. 25th 1901.
Dear Mr. Freer.
Mr. Whistler who is at his easel wishes me to write a line to catch to-day's steamer. He is talking and I am writing.
"I think I had better enclose the letter just received from Mr. Cowan. You see then that he is going [p. 2] to sell his Whistlers and as they are what you really ought to have I am writing to him to try & hold in until he shall have heard from you.
They will cost money but I should be sorry to know they went anywhere else.
Besides I think you will never forgive yourself if you miss them.
In your collection moreover everything that you add, of this quality, goes to increase the value of what is already there, and I know that you ought certainly not to miss these two.
Mr. Cowan was asking £2,000 some time ago for "The Thames in Ice," but managed to hang on to it. However I suppose things are pretty bad just now over here [p. 4] and you may as well get the pictures without paying Marchant or Thomson their commission.
If I were you then I would cable to him, and ask him if he can hold on long enough to send you photographs, unless you take my advice, and buy them "in a poke."
Remember it was in this way Kennedy got "The Balcony" for you. As I have never heard any more about the Paris Bernheim pictures, that the Cour
rier was so sure of, I suppose nothing came of it."
"This must go now so good bye for the present."
With kindest regards from me also,
The paper has a mourning border.