The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01514
Date: [6 April 1897][1]
Author: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F446
Document Type: ALS


My dear Mr. Whistler:

Your letter with its exquisite memories, tenderness and friendship came this morning, and as I read of her[3] sympathetic interest in the "Little Blue and Gold Girl[4]" and realized for her sake, how precious its care and deeply-loving each finishing touch, my heart sank at the thought of having asked you to hurry the picture to me -

Forgive, I pray, those cold words of last week - colder to you, I fear, than the icy waves of the Atlantic through which [p. 2] they were flashed. And be assured, my dear Mr. Whistler, that whenever, in your own good time and way, you are quite ready to complete, and transfer to my keeping, that which she loved, and which all who have seen loves, I shall be rejoiced to receive, and care for as you would have me. And when I am gone, the picture shall rest with its own beautiful kind, so, "that in after years, others shall pass that way, and understand."

[p. 3] May and June are our pleasantest months, and then, if you come to us, as we hope you will, the flow of the sea, and of travel will favor your voyage, and you will find warmth, and sympathy, and appreciation everywhere -

Charles L Freer.

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1.  [6 April 1897]
This is a reply to JW to C. L. Freer, [24 March 1897], #11571; it is dated in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 32, pp. 116-18.

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  her
JW was in mourning for his wife, Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], who died on 10 May 1896.

4.  Little Blue and Gold Girl
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (YMSM 421). The picture was in JW's studio at his death in July 1903. Shortly afterwards, it was sent it to Freer by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].