System Number: 00001
Date: [10/25 January 1893?]
Author: Edwin Austin Abbey
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A1
Document Type: ALS
11, RUE DE L'ECHELLE (AVENUE DE L'OPÉRA)
[Oval picture of the hotel]
CHARLES BINDA PROPRIÉTAIRE
My dear Whistler -
[Drawing of a man bowed to the floor, holding his head in his hands]
I have not replied to your inquiring note simply because I did not like to confess defeat - and hoped to be able to tell you that I had at least succeeded with the Glasgow corporation - From the other happy owners of your works - I have nothing to show but a large collection of Spurns!
[p. 2] - Pained surprise being the principal note - John S. tried his hand with no better success -
I was determined to have the 'Carlyle' - and after I rec'd my first gentle snub - I wired
from for letters from higher sources - and these drew a more complaisant reply from the Glasgow folk - who however demanded a policy for £2 000 - in an English company - This I could not get for less than 9 guineas per cent! - and as Reid had insured his three for £3 000 apiece - and as your other owners - had also valued their possessions at large figures - the committee on finance refused to accede to the Glasgow demands - And I am more than sorry [p. 3] - if I were a richer man than God knows I am - I'd have taken the risk myself -
I shall call at the foot of your lighthouse in the rue du Bac - and am most anxious to hear about Boston - and if it may be - to see, if there is anything we may see -
ever yours faithfully
Edwin A. Abbey.
Mme. is with me - and I may not be able to call today - but surely will tomorrow -
1. [10/25 January 1893?]
This letter discusses loans to World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893, and must therefore date from early 1893. It probably followed either JW to Abbey #03182 (9 January 1893) and/or #03183 ( January 1893).
7. his three
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).