System Number: 02527
Date: [13 February 1891]
Recipient: Elisabeth Lewis
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L62
Document Type: ALdS
Dear Mrs George -
How very very kind of you to have written me this nice little letter!
We are both so glad to see your hand again - after
George all your sad trouble
- George has I am sure told given you the messages of our sorrow for you - though we did not feel like wearying you with writing at such a time -
My own friendship with your brother made me know how great
has been was your grief -
The picture will come to you in a day or two - directly the varnish is completely dry -
[p. 2] I am
much delighted that should you are pleased to receive the visitor at all -
even though it be and hope he will have improved on acquaintance - He is a favorite of mine - and I like the gentle sadness about him! - and doubt if were [he?] were not also sensitive perhaps he was even sensitive - and even misunderstood - who knows! - such things have been I am told -
Some day you shall let us come and see you and we will look at the picture together -
With affectionate regards from us both,
Always dear Mrs George
J M Whistler
Maximilian Eberstadt (1844-1891), brother of Elisabeth Lewis.
Probably Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). JW had just retrieved the picture from the dealers Henry Graves & Co. where it had been lodged as security on loans. In January 1891, Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more], set about raising a petition to encourage the Corporation of the City of Glasgow to purchase the painting for its collections. Having been cleaned and varnished, it was deposited with the Lewises for a short time before it was purchased by the Corporation at the end of March. See also E. Lewis to JW, #02526; JW to G. Lewis, #02549.