The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00691
Date: 2 June [1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Aglaia Coronio[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C192
Document Type: ALS

Dear Madame Coronio -

Your proposal[3] I wish to meet in which ever way you like - and with as little delay as possible -

I fancy however from your previous note that the simple money settlement you would prefer - Pray therefore understand me to agree to that -

If you really wished me to [p. 2] paint another Thames picture or landscape of any kind, I will set about it, now that the weather would seem to promise the possibility of such work -

This however is only to try and leave you as little offended as possible - Therefore if you do not desire the painting, please do not trouble to write at all, and I will quite understand -

Very faithfully

J McN. Whistler

Of course I hope you will kindly tell Miss Goold[4] to send the 'dark Nocturne['] here -

Tower House -
Tite Street - Chelsea -

June 2.

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Madame Coronio -
1A. Holland Park -
Notting Hill -



1.  2 June [1889]
A copy of this letter is so dated (#03539). Dated also from the address (JW was writing from this address between May 1888 and February 1890) and by related correspondence; see JW's letter to A. Coronio, #07900.

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

3.  proposal
This concerned the three pictures owned by Aglaia Coronio and her husband, Theodore Ioannis ('John') Coronio (1827-1903), collector, husband of Aglaia Ionides [more]. The first, A Girl by a Shelf (YMSM 48), was purchased directly from JW (possibly during the 1870s) but JW, wishing to improve the painting, returned it to the studio. He eventually exchanged it for Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179). However, the Coronios disliked the substitute picture (likely to be the 'dark nocturne' referred to here) so much, that JW repaid them the purchase money for the original picture. Some time later, a fragment of a letter written by Aglaia Coronio (#11034) indicates that she threatened to send someone for 'my beautiful picture', possibly a reference to A Girl by a Shelf. In the end she received another substitute, Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46), which she later sold to America (see Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980).

4.  Miss Goold
Miss Goold, unidentified.

5.  'Whistler'
Written in another hand.