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System Number: 11667
Date: [15 May 1890][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 271
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]

Dear Mr. Freer -

Mr Whistler is so very much occupied at this moment, that I am writing this for him, to thank you for your kind letter[5].

I have sent you today - the etchings for [p. 2] Mr. Hecker[6].

I have included two trial proofs of the "Lace Curtain[7]",

If you remember - you saw it. They are early proofs - when the plate is completed you can exchange them for others - if you wish -

[p. 3] Wunderlich[8] has one or two of them -

The proof of "the Mill[9]" is the last one of that state of the plate; and I find there is not a proof of the Nocturne[10] with the figures - However Mr. Hecker can return it - when Mr Whistler prints [p. 4] some more -

Thank you very much for the cuttings you sent - who is Mr Hitchcock[11]? Is he the painter? Mr Whistlers book[12] will be out very soon - you must look out for it.

With kindest regards from us both
Believe me
Very sincerely -

Beatrix Whistler -

This document is protected by copyright.


Mr C L Freer.
77 Alfred Street
U S A -
[postmark:] CHELSEA S. W. / [F?] 3 / MY15 / 90
[postmark:] DE[TROIT] MICH. REC'D / MAY27 / 9 AM / 90


1.  [15 May 1890]
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. 3, pp. 69-70.

5.  letter
Freer's letter of 28 April 1890, #01501.

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

7.  Lace Curtain
The Embroidered Curtain (K.410). The etchings sent to Hecker are listed in #13066.

8.  Wunderlich
Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

9.  the Mill
The Mill (K.413).

10.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Dance House (K.408).

11.  Mr Hitchcock
Ripley Hitchcock (1857-1918), art critic of the New York Tribune [more]. The artist was George Hitchcock (1850-1913), painter and illustrator [more].

12.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.