UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03217
Date: 19 August 1892
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 205
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


RESTAURANT & HÔTEL
FOYOT
RUE DE TOURNON, 33.

PARIS,

LE Aug. 19. 1892.

Dear Mr. Reid -

I have received your second cheque for £400 - making, with the first for £200 - six hundred pounds for the "Dame au Brodequin Jaune[2]." - That's all perfect - many thanks - I have telegraphed to send you up the picture to-day - so doubtless it has already left London - or will do so tomorrow -

Now tell me how it is that you, who are by way of being one of the most independent of Dealers - and indeed agressive [sic] - as becomes one so greatly committed to Whistler - should in this matter of the "Open Letter[3]", show something like anxiety - or uncertainty - or some thing to say the least of it a tardiness in letting off the little hand grenade I have entrusted you with? - What was the matter? - I always like to know these things -

Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

Saturday - Didnt get this off last night - so now am enabled to enclose letter[4] from Goupil's[5] - So that is satisfactory -

I have many[6] reasons for wishing the picture to be always officially known as "La Dame au Brodequin Jaune" and not by any other name -

About Chicago[7], one great point is of course your kind promise to stand by me with these pictures -

[butterfly signature]


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Alexander Reid - Esq -
Société des Beaux Arts.
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Notes:

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

2.  Dame au Brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

3.  Open Letter
See #02700.

4.  letter
Not located.

5.  Goupil's
London art dealers. The Dame au Brodequin Jaune had been with them before it came to Reid (#02707).

6.  I have many
Remainder written in left margin, at right angles to the main text.

7.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893. JW sent works there including the Dame au Brodequin Jaune and Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).