Documents associated with: Deschamps, Charles William
Record 7 of 54
System Number: 11974
Date: 3 September 1873
Author: Horace Jee
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/23
Document Type: ALS
2 Lindsey Houses
September 3. 73
per pro Jas Whistler
'24' and '4' written in unknown hands at top left of p. 1.
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), was photographed by Parsons late in 1872 (see #07906, and MacDonald, Margaret F., 'Whistler: The Painting of the 'Mother',' Gazette des Beaux-Arts, LXXXV, February 1975, pp. 73-78, pp. 79, 87 n. 28). From this time on many of his works were photographed. JW probably sold some of these photographs, gave others away as presents and gave some to dealers to show prospective clients. Both Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more], and George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more], who both collected and sold JW's work, also acquired numerous photographs. For instance, on 21 September 1873 Lucas noted 'called on Whistler, who was painting portrait of Mr Winans - got photos from him.' (Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, vol. 2, p. 220).