System Number: 03153
Date: [24 March 1896]
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/205/3-206
Document Type: MsLc
My dear Peter -
The thing to do will be to let Richardson have the picture - and I will see him tomorrow morning and preside myself at the varnishing - After all it is his own varnish that was upon it - and he will [p. 2] therefore be full of care and everything will come right at once - Doubtless the two journeys over the ocean have chilled the varnish - but the painting is in its perfect condition -
J. McN. Whistler
I must have you up at my studio directly and will write - We go to Hampstead on Wednesday I think -
Envelope:Arthur Studd Esq
97. Cheyne Walk.
[postmark:] 'March 24th 1896'
1. [24 March 1896]
Dated from the postmark recorded by the copyist. However, there is some doubt about this, as the picture is mentioned as arriving only four days later, on 28 March 1896 (#09739).
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169). JW had received the picture back from the New York dealer Edward G. Kennedy to find it in a bad state (JW to E. G. Kennedy, #09745). He took it immediately to Richards for revarnishing. Soon afterwards, Studd purchased it for £1000 guineas.
JW was about to move to St Jude's Cottage, Heath End, Hampstead, as his wife, Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], was dying of cancer. He seems not have moved from the Savoy until after Wednesday, 25 March as he was still using its address on 3 April (see JW to E. G. Kennedy, #09742).