2 Lindsey Houses.
Whistler Huth -
The price I asked you for the Variations in P[ink] is 250. gs. If however
you should not have understood me and were not inclined to this were not what you thought this were not to accord with what you may have understood do not you must not feel at all bound to take it -
I should ask 600. for the picture of Mrs. Huth - but I should not exactly like to fix the price of the other two pictures until they are a little way on;
as they - However I think the Venus would ought to be somewhere about 6 or 7 hundred and the other of the two figures at least 8 hundred or a thousand. But if [p. 2] you agree with me I think we might talk this over - The pictures anyhow are the ones that I intend now to take up directly the Academy work is over - and you can see as they progress whether you like to keep them for yourself -
'Copy of Jamie's letter to Mr Huth Jan 31st 1873.'
1. [31 January 1873]
Dated by Anna M. Whistler (see below).
The final version of this letter has not been located.
5. Mrs Huth
Helen Rose Huth (1837-1924), née Ogilvy, wife of the collector Louis Huth [more]. Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth (YMSM 125) was bought by Huth, and first exhibited at Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874.
7. two figures
Probably Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61). Huth originally wanted to buy this in 1865 (see #06526), but it was later reworked and it is not clear whether he had gained possession before it was shown at the 6th Exhibition, Society of French Artists, London, 1873.
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), at first almost rejected, was eventually hung at the 104th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1872. It has generally been considered that this experience made JW reluctant to send further works to the Royal Academy. This letter shows, however, that he may have had some plans to exhibit in 1873, although in the event he never exhibited paintings there again (see also #09022).