The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03195
Date: 23 November 1894
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[1]
Place: Paris
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 37/2
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[2]

My dear Mr. Freer -

I am delighted as I told you to know that my little Blue Girl[3] is to be always in your care! -

You have written me a kind and charming letter[4] and in this hurried line I do not pretend to tell you how delightful your visit has been to me, and how really sorry I am to say Goodbye - We all however rely upon your return in the Spring - and will never forgive Mansfield[5] if he carry you off in spite of of our superior fascinations! -

I like Dewing[6] too very much and shall miss you both - yesterday afternoon is not readily forgotten in the studio!

My wife[7] is so glad that she saw you yesterday before your going off - & now she bids me say that you are not to trouble yourself terribly with the bird if he turns out to be bigger than we fancied! -

[butterfly signature[8]]

[p. 2] We both or rather all of us wish you the best of bon voyages, and great luck! -

Always yours sincerely

J. McN. Whistler.

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

23. Nov. 1894.

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Charles[9] L. Freer Esq.
Hotel Windsor.
Rue de Rivoli.


1.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

2.  ALS
Published by Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 23, pp. 102-103.

3.  little Blue Girl
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (YMSM 421).

4.  letter
Freer's letter of 23 November 1894, #01509.

5.  Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

6.  Dewing
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), artist [more]. Freer was an enthusiastic collector of Dewing's work and bought an oil, Before Sunrise, and three pastels (Sappho, The Pink Dress, and The Pearl) in 1894.

7.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

8.  butterfly signature
The butterfly was drawn in the left margin.

9.  Charles
The letter has no stamp and must have been delivered by hand.