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System Number: 03207
Date: [30 May 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[3]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 194
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

33 Rue de Tournon.

Dear Mr Read,

We are very glad you have the Princess[4]. She has fallen into good hands, & now - Mr Whistler says you must ask £2000 guineas for her, and why dont you try the Potter Palmers[5], the rich Chicago people, they have already got [p. 2] a Whistler[6] from Goupils - it was one of those in the Exhibition, the owner sold it to them -

Mr Whistler would like it to go to America or come here - There is Groult[7] - the great collector here -

When are you coming - We may be going into the country and would like to see you before we go -

Do send us the marked catalogue -

I am so sorry about [p. 3] the carving[8] - I wonder who bought it? Perhaps he would like a picture instead! -

With our kindest regards to you and Mrs Reade[9].

Believe me
Sincerely yours

Beatrix Whistler.

The Potter Palmers are staying at Brown's Hotel.

Mr Whistler says - do let Richards[10] do up the Princess and varnish her - he did the portrait of [p. 4] Miss Alexander[11] - very well indeed, it would be quite a different thing - if it got rid of the Leyland[12] grime - I hope you will let me see her - before she goes right away -

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Alexander Reid Esq
20 Lloyd Square -
London. W C
[postmark:] PARIS - 6 / R. DE VAUGIRARD / 8E 30 / MAI / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. C. / L M / MY 31 / 92


1.  [30 May 1892]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

4.  Princess
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

5.  Potter Palmers
Potter Palmer (1826-1902), collector [more].

6.  Whistler
Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46) (see #05742).

7.  Groult
Camille Groult (1837-1907), industrialist and collector [more].

8.  carving
See #11635.

9.  Mrs Reade
Harriet Elizabeth Adriana Reid (b. 1865), née Stevenson, wife of the dealer A. Reid [more].

10.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

11.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

12.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].