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System Number: 00693
Date: [1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Aglaia Coronio[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C194
Document Type: ALd

Dear Madame C—— -

I send herewith a picture[3] to hang in the place of the one it was my misfortune so long ago to destroy[4] -

If ever I am enabled to res remedy repair the damage I did to your own, I will bring back in its stead that original which even in its mutilated state I yet have put on the easel from time to time to admire, - or if I still fail to find the courage or if still the courage to touch again my old work, I will try and paint something perhaps of its character and bring that -

Meanwhile the picture which I proffer for your [p. 2] walls, and which, if eventually I am prevented

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1.  [1889?]
Dated by the reference to pictures (see below).

2.  Aglaia Coronio
Aglaia Coronio (1834-1906), née Ionides, wife of George Coronio [more].

3.  picture
Perhaps Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179). However, Mrs Coronio found it too dark and JW eventually replaced it with Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46) in about 1889. It was sold with JW's help in May 1892 to Berthe Honorée Palmer (1849-1918), collector, wife of Potter Palmer [more]. Later JW sold Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more] (see C. L. Freer to JW, 19 July 1897, #01515).

4.  destroy
The destroyed picture was possibly A Girl by a Shelf (YMSM 48).