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System Number: 00579
Date: 12 April 1888
Author: Alfred Chapman[1]
Place: Liverpool
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C80
Document Type: ALS


TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS, "FAWCETT," LIVERPOOL.
TELEPHONE NO. 116.

LONDON OFFICE:- 25, AUSTIN FRIARS. E. C.

[phoenix motif:] FAWCETT, PRESTON & CO.

PHOENIX FOUNDRY,
17, YORK STREET,
LIVERPOOL.

LIVERPOOL,

12th April 1888

J. A M Whistler. Esqr
The Vale - Kings Road - S W

Dear Jim

I got your telegram[2] this morning & answered it immediately in terms of press copy enclosed

As I told Mr Dicksee[3] - & Mr Hanson[4] on receipt of satisfactory policy covering all risks from time Picture[5] leaves my house to the time it is returned to me - & if not returned making good its value to me I will despatch it -

Mr Dicksee wrote about having opened a line of £20,000[6] & that he would write me up for £335 of it - but though that may be one way of doing the business it is not the usual way - I am insuring property every week and I get a [p. 2] separate Policy for each separate set or piece of property - though all may be going together in same vessel.

If Mr Dicksees insurers cannot or do not wish to take the trouble to make out a separate Policy - I cannot help it -

I have not been home yet having spent the last three days in Railway train going backwards & forwards & shall not be at home until Friday or Saturday

Yours faithfully

Alfred Chapman


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Notes:

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

2.  your telegram
Untraced.

3.  Mr Dicksee
James Dicksee, proprietor of Dicksee & Co., listed in the London Post Office Directory as 'Fine Art Agents, Packers and Conveyancers.'

4.  Mr Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

5.  Picture
This relates to Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174) or possibly Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), both of which Chapman had agreed to lend, respectively, to the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888 and the Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888. However, some difficulty emerged over the insurance of the pictures while in transit (J. A. Chapman to JW, #00578). In the end, the matter was resolved and the pictures were insured at Lloyd's for £350 apiece (see J. A. Chapman to Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell, #00582).

6.  £20,000
Double underlined.