Documents associated with: Gilbert, Alfred
Record 19 of 46
System Number: 06019
Date: 3 February 1891
Recipient: Edward Arthur Walton
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W16
Document Type: ALS
21, CHEYNE WALK,
Dear Sir -
I beg to thank you for your last two letters received - and I trust also that the Gentlemen with you, understand how much I appreciate the interest they show in this matter. -
You wish to know what I am asking for the Carlyle :
The Picture, as I told you, when I received your first communication, I had begun to think would [p. 2] find its home in America - but this flattering effort on the part of the Painters of Glasgow, to retain, for their town, my portrait of their great countryman, is, with me, all influential - and I shall be too pleased to forego the increase of price which I should now have put upon it -
A thousand guineas you know I asked for the painting when in your Exhibition - let it remain at that sum -
I shall be delighted to know that the signatures of two such distinguished men as Orchardson & Gilbert are added to the list - and I think excellent the proposition of our friend Mr Walker - Pray remember me to him. -
And believe me, dear Sir,
with my best compliments
Very faithfully Yours
J. McNeill Whistler
Feb. 3. 1891.
E. A. Walton Esq -
2. 21, CHEYNE WALK,
Printed address heading in orange ink.
Written in another hand, in red pencil.
International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 1888.
10. the list
A petition of Scottish artists had been raised in support of the purchase of the Carlyle portrait. The picture was eventually purchased by Glasgow Corporation later in 1891.