The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00793
Date: [10/15 August 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris?]
Recipient: Christine Anderson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C294
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mrs Anderson -

I have written to Mr. Charles L. Freer[4] giving him an order for two of my paintings from the International[5] - - You will I suppose have received them all by this time - When the order is presented you will ask if he would like to take the little painting[6] "la Cigale[7]" away with him - And the other[8] you will see yourself to the hotel in a cab with utmost care - There is to be no question as to money but this matter of the two pictures - Mr Freer wants t[w]o of the proofs that went to the International, he will give you the numbers - of these you can give him the price - unless already bespoken by Gutekunst[9] - in which case you will [p. 2] say that you will let him know - If he have them he will pay you as to the Company - Also you can show him all the other drawings paintings &c - .

Mind that no accident this time I beg lead to your absence when Mr Freer calls!! -

As to Gutekunst you will tell him, as I have written to you, that percentage allowed by Comp[an]y is 15% - for etching 12 pc. for lithog[rap]hs & 10 pc. for drawings etc -

In haste - Will write on Sunday further about prices

J McN Whistler

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1.  [10/15 August 1899?]
JW had written to Freer on 4 August 1899 tempting him to buy a painting, which by the date of this letter, had been bought (see #03197). On 9 August 1899 he dined with Freer in London (#04748).

2.  Christine Anderson
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more].

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  Mr. Charles L. Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more]. See his note of purchases, 31 August 1899, #11702.

5.  International
The Little Lady Edith of Eden (YMSM 541) had been in the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.

6.  ask if he would like to take the little painting
These words are written in pencil; the rest of the letter is in ink.

7.  la Cigale
Rose and Brown: La Cigale (YMSM 495).

8.  other
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504).

9.  Gutekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].