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System Number: 07097
Date: 3 April 1889
Author: Elbert J. Van Wisselingh[1]
Place: The Hague
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1086
Document Type: ALS


3rd April 1889

J. McN. Whistler Esq

Dear Sir,

Some time ago I had the pleasure of buying a picture of yours from Messrs Dowdeswell[2] called "Effie Deans"[3][.] I liked it very much and no doubt my liking it so much helped me in the sale of it. My client, Baron van Lynden[4] is delighted with his [p. 2] purchase and the picture has grown on him as I knew it would, as one has only to live with a work of this kind to become attached to it.

Now I take the liberty of asking you to be kind enough to let me know about what time this picture was painted by you as Baron van Lynden who is actually at Nice, met with a friend of yours, to whom [p. 3] this picture is unknown and he should like to be able to tell this gentleman when you painted it as the picture is neither signed nor dated.

Thanking you before hand for thus troubling you,

I remain
Dear Sir,
Yours faithfully

E. J. van Wisselingh[5]

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1.  Elbert J. Van Wisselingh
Elbert Jan Van Wisselingh (b. ca 1848), art dealer [more].

2.  Messrs Dowdeswell
Fine art dealers in London.

3.  "Effie Dean"
Arrangement in Yellow and Grey: Effie Deans (YMSM 183).

4.  Baron van Lynden
Willem Reinhard Boelens (b. 1840), Baron van Lynden, banker and collector [more].

5.  Wisselingh
The lower portion of p. 3 has been torn away.