The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02550
Date: [29 January 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George Henry Lewis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L85
Document Type: ALdS[3]


My dear George -

It was very nice & charming of you to help me so immediately in my difficulty with the Carlyle[4] Picture! -

And I was immensely gratified, and touched by the frank sympathy you showed. in your friendly readiness in in the matter -

But you always have been delightful [p. 2] my dear George! - and by no one are you more

I went today to Graves[5] and payed [sic] him the £220 cheque - and have his receipt for the sum in full sum due upon the Carlyle painting - I shall send for it tomorrow and have it put in properly cleaned & varnished, and then will send it on up to you in Portland Place - as agreed as, and now, thanks to you, I can at once write to the people in Glascow[6] [sic] and settle the sale - as far as I am concerned -

With a thousand thanks
Always my dear George

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [29 January 1891?]
Dated from H. Graves to G. Lewis, #02549, the receipt referred to in this letter.

2.  George Henry Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

3.  ALdS
Written at right-angles to the printed address.

4.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). The picture was with 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 persuade the Corporation of the City of Glasgow to acquire 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 JW to E. Lewis, #02527; receipt, H. Graves to G. Lewis, #02549.

5.  Graves
JW had paid Graves back £220 balance due on their loan (see their receipt, 29 January 1891, #01832).

6.  Glascow
E. A. Walton and Glasgow Art Club were petitioning the Corporation of Glasgow to purchase the portrait for the new city galleries (see #06013, #06014).