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System Number: 06590
Date: [15 May 1890][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[3]
Place: [Detroit]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W583
Document Type: ALd[4]


Dear Mr. Freer,

Mr. Whistler is so very busy at this moment; that I am writing this for him - to thank you for your kind letter and for all the cuttings you have sent him -

[p. 2] I have sent you today - the e[t]chings for Mr. Hecker[6]. - I have sent included two trial proofs of the "Embroidered Lace Curtain[7]" - If you remember you saw it - - they are early proofs - and if you like when the plate is completed [p. 3] you can exchange them for others. Wunderlich[8] has got one or two of them.

The proof of the "Mill[9]" is the last one - of that state of the plate - and the Nocturne of the Dance House[10] - is the only one I can send Mr Hecker - for I [p. 4] find there is not one left with the figures[11] - However Mr I will send Mr. Hecker - one on a proof when they are printed - and then he can return me this one - I now send this one. When Mr Whistler takes up the plate again I will send Mr. Hecker one a proof of the completed plate and he can return these one[s] I have sent

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1.  [15 May 1890]
Dated from the postmark on the final version of this letter, #11667.

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.  ALd
See Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 3, p. 69.

5.  21, CHEYNE WALK,
Embossed heading in yellow.

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

7.  Curtain
The Embroidered Curtain (K.410). These etchings were made in the autumn of 1889 but printed over the next two years.

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

9.  Mill
The Mill (K.413).

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

11.  figures
Figures of dancers glimpsed through the windows of the house were removed in the second state of this etching recorded by E. G. Kennedy.