System Number: 03217
Date: 19 August 1892
Recipient: Alexander Reid
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
RUE DE TOURNON, 33.
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." - 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", 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 -
J McN. Whistler
I have many reasons for wishing the picture to be always officially known as "La Dame au Brodequin Jaune" and not by any other name -
About Chicago, one great point is of course your kind promise to stand by me with these pictures -
Alexander Reid - Esq -
Société des Beaux Arts.
227. West George Street
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 10 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / 7E¦ 20 / AOUT / 92
[postmark:] GLASGOW [POSTING?] TENDER / AU22 / 92
6. I have many
Remainder written in left margin, at right angles to the main text.