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System Number: 11666
Date: [29 January 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[3]
Place: Detroit
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 270
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[4]


My dear Mr Freer,

I am sending to you by this mail, the Lithographs[5] which you so long ago asked for -

Mr Whistler begs you to forgive him for his long silence,

He has been so much occupied, that he has not found a moment for his [p. 2] correspondence, which has grown to enormous dimensions, and which he does not dare face -

He has sent you all the lithographs which are in existence so far, with the exception of the coloured lithographs which are not yet published, in fact, they are the reason of his long silence -

I think when you [p. 3] see them you will think them very beautiful - and quite unlike anything of the sort kind which has been hitherto attempted

The proofs of the Lithographs are on Dutch and Japanese paper and are £2- 2- a proof - Mr Whistler sends you two sets so that you may show Mr Hecker[6], in case, he may not [p. 4] have all of them -

You may have some of them already, in which case, will you return those you do not want -

Have you heard that Mr Whistler['s] Mothers portrait[7] has been bought by the French Government for the Luxembourg - We are delighted -

Will you give our kindest regards to Mrs[8] and Mr Hecker and Miss Hecker[9]

And with our best wishes for this New Year to you.
Believe me
Very sincerely

Beatrix Whistler.

This document is protected by copyright.


Charles L Freer - Esq
77. Alfred St
Detroit -
[postmark:] CHELSEA / [ ] / JA2[9] / 92
[postmark:] NEW YORK / FEB / 8 / A / 92 / PAID ALL / G


1.  [29 January 1892]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

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

4.  ALS
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 9, pp. 79-80.

5.  Lithographs
See the consular form, #11703. Freer acknowledged receipt on 29 February 1892, #01503.

6.  Mr Hecker
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more].

7.  Mothers portrait
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

8.  Mrs
Anna Hecker (b. ca 1844), wife of Frank J. Hecker [more].

9.  Miss Hecker
Mrs Watson Freer (m. 1891), née Hecker, sister-in-law to C. L. Freer [more].