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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03184
Date: [24 March 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edwin Austin Abbey[2]
Place: Fairford
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/235
Document Type: MsLc[3]


110 Rue du Bac - Paris -

My dear Abbey -

I have rather disquieting news from Thomson[4] about the Chicago business -

Do write me a line and tell me what has been managed in the way of borrowing pictures for me - How many have you? -

Thomson is very nice about it - and seems to say that happily there is still plenty of time, & that he would willingly help - Don't you think it might be well to empower him in some way to take it up as he has already dealt with these dreadful people - You all of you must be worried to death with the whole affair -

I don't know what I should have done in your place!

With kindest regards, Always

[butterfly signature]


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Envelope:

E. A. Abbey Esq.[5]
Morgan Hall.
Fairford.
Gloucestershire.
Angleterre
[postmark:] March 24th 1893.


Notes:

1.  [24 March 1893]
Dated from postmark as recorded by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

2.  Edwin Austin Abbey
Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more].

3.  MsLc
Copy made by Rosalind Birnie Philip.

4.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. The 'Chicago business' was the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 for which Abbey had been negotiating loans with JW. JW sent works including Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) (see E. A. Abbey to JW, #00001; JW to Abbey, #03182; #03183).

5.  E. A. Abbey Esq.
The details of the envelope come from a note made by R. B. Philip at the top of the letter copy.