System Number: 00576
Date: 5 July 1876
Author: Alfred Chapman
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C77
Document Type: ALS
23, ABERCROMBY SQUARE,
5 July 1876
Before I left London I went to Deschamps Gallery [and] saw your pictures there - they are charming but times are too bad at present to allow me to think of going in wholesale for things of beauty tho' they be a joy forever -
I hope for your own sake that times may be better with the good folks in London than they are here & that some one with more knowledge & power than myself will offer you double[.] of one thing however I am certain[:] they cannot admire the picture more than
4. a joy forever
'A thing of beauty is a joy forever' is the first line of John Keats' epic poem, Endymion (1818).
5. Blue Waves
Chapman bought the painting for 60 guineas. It is identified in the catalogue raisonné as Blue and Gold: Channel (YMSM 159). However, Robin Spencer identifies the "Blue Waves" as Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100) (see Spencer, Robin, 'Whistler's Early Relations with Britain and the Significance of Industry and Commerce for his Art. Part II,' The Burlington Magazine, vol. 136, no. 1099, October 1994, p. 671).