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Record 26 of 374

System Number: 11669
Date: [16 June 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 273
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

Thank you so much for your kind letter - It was so nice of you[.] Tell your friend[4] I admired his work, I shall be so pleased to have the engraving

Mr Whistler [p. 2] who is very much occupied just now - - wishes me to say - how pleased he is you like the proofs - and - when there is another state of the "Embroidered Curtain[5]" he will only be too happy to change the proof you at [p. 3] present have -

[3 or 4 illegible words, deleted] - We have had a visit from Mr Carter[6] whom we found most interesting - He has gone to Paris but promised to return - which I hope will be before we go away - which [p. 4] we intend doing very shortly - either to Spain or Venice, in search of more pictures which we hope to show you on your next visit to England -

With our kindest regards
Believe me
Very sincerely yours

Beatrix Whistler

[p. 5] 'June 16 1890[7]

Received of Charles L Freer Esq the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Six Pounds Nine Shillings (£156- 9. 0) in payment of Etchings delivered.'

Beatrix Whistler.

[stamp stuck on top of the signature:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY

This document is protected by copyright.


Charles L Freer Esq
77 Alfred St
[postmark on verso:] DET[R]OI[T] [MICH?] / JU[L?] / 10A / 90


1.  [16 June 1890]
The receipt is dated, and appears to have been enclosed with the letter. The postmark is unclear.

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.  friend
Not identified.

5.  Embroidered Curtain
The Embroidered Curtain (K.410) was sold on 15 May 1890 (#13066).

6.  Mr. Carter
Probably Walter Steuben Carter (1824-1904), lawyer [more].

7.  June 16 1890
Receipt written in another hand, possibly that of William Bell, JW's secretary [more].