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System Number: 07901
Date: [June 1874/1875?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Alfred Chapman[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/15/3
Document Type: ALS

Dear Jack -

I have I think just the picture for you - a hundred pounder - Shall I send it? - It is very much liked - A very warm summer night on the Thames - lovely in color they say - A Nocturne in blue and gold - view of the river from the Houses of Parliament [3]-

I wish you would thank Shields[4] for me for so kindly sending me the blue plates [5]I have [p. 2] safely received -

You had better telegraph in answer - so that it would be in time to send down tomorrow night.

Ever Yours

J. A McN. Whistler

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1.  [June 1874/1875?]
Chapman bought several works by JW between 1874 and 1878 (Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117), Nocturne: Battersea (YMSM 120), Blue and Gold: Channel (YMSM 159), Nocturne: Battersea Reach (YMSM 160), Cremorne (YMSM 168), Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174)). However, this letter probably predates the first exhibition of Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145) (see below).

2.  James Alfred Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

3.  Houses of Parliament
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145). It was exhibited at the 9th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1875 (cat. no. 160) and sold for £120.0.0 to Percy Wyndham (1835-1911), collector [more].

4.  Shields
Shields, possibly a dealer.

5.  blue plates
Probably blue and white chinese porcelain, which JW collected enthusiastically.