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System Number: 01783
Date: 23 July 1877
Author: William Graham[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G149
Document Type: ALS


Dear Mr Whistler

May I remind you of a small picture "Annabel Lee[2]" which I bought of you now a very long time ago! & to account of which I paid you £100 at the time. Not for the purpose of pressing you to complete what I presume you now no longer care for, but simply to ask if it would be agreeable to you to let me have it unfinished

If my recollection does not mislead me it was quite sufficiently attractive in the state I bought it in, to be a pleasant addition to my collection.

Believe me
Yours faithfully

Wm Graham

23 July 1877

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're. picture / Annibel [sic] Lee.'[3]


1.  William Graham
William Graham (1817-1885), MP and collector [more].

2.  Annabel Lee
Annabel Lee (YMSM 79) was never finished, and JW offered Graham another painting, Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140) instead (see #01784).

3.  're. picture / Annibel [sic] Lee.'
Note written by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She organised JW's business affairs and correspondence between 1888 and 1895.