The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00783
Date: 7 June 1892
Author: John Cavafy[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C284
Document Type: ALS


June 7. 1892

Dear Whistler

I duly received both your telegrams, to the second of which I replied by telegraph[2] "Sorry cannot do what you wish - Pictures still under offer to Goupil[3]. Time not expired. Letter follows" - The pictures are the four by you which I possess: viz. Old Westminster Bridge[4], [p. 2] The Thames at Chelsea[5] (unfinished); Sea & Sand[6]; & last but not least, The Balcony[7] - For these (the whole four) Goupil's manager[8] here offered me £500. - which I did not accept, but said I would take £600. - cash[9] before removal of pictures, &, at his request left the offer open for a week, which expires today - I am therefore still bound - Tomorrow early I [p. 3] will telegraph to you what happens - Should Goupil not take them may I say that I would only sell them on the same terms - i.e. Cash before removal of pictures -

Pray let me thank you for interesting yourself in this matter - of course I should be glad to get a better price in these hard times.

Yours very truly

John Cavafy -

[p. 4][10] 'All right. Six hundred cash down

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1.  John Cavafy
Dr John Cavafy (ca 1839-1901), physician and collector, son of G. J. Cavafy [more].

2.  telegraph

3.  Goupil
London branch of the Paris art dealers Boussod Valadon & Cie.

4.  Old Westminster Bridge
The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39), sold by JW to Cavafy for 30 guineas.

5.  Thames at Chelsea
Battersea Reach (YMSM 45).

6.  Sea & Sand
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64), given by JW to Cavafy.

7.  The Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

8.  manager
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

9.  cash
Double underlined.

10.  [p. 4]
Reply added by JW.