System Number: 02550
Date: [29 January 1891?]
Recipient: George Henry Lewis
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L85
Document Type: ALdS
21, CHEYNE WALK,
My dear George -
It was very nice & charming of you to help me so immediately in my difficulty with the Carlyle 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 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 [sic] and settle the sale - as far as I am concerned -
With a thousand thanks
Always my dear George
Written at right-angles to the printed address.
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.