System Number: 03240
Date: [26 April 1894]
Recipient: Alexander Reid
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 240
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
110. Rue du Bac -
Dear Mr Reid -
Mr Howell was a very clever & a very queer fish - and I never did any copy of anything of the kind - This however would not in any way have deterred him in carrying out any sale that might have been assisted by such fable! -
I shall of course say nothing of your proposal about the portraits - and shall wait for further details from yourself -
[p. 2] I am delighted to hear of the great success of the new rooms -
When are you coming over to see the Salon? -
You wanted me always to tell you of the possible acquiring of any of the old works - Now I have the little picture that used to be at my brother's - myself in the studio - with a girl in white seated on sofa and another [p. 3] girl in flesh coloured Japanese dress, standing -
You know the picture - Will you give £250 net. for it - I cannot say fairer -
You know the painting - a beauty of its kind - and I should think you would do excellent business with it -
Very Sincerely Yrs
J McNeill Whistler
Alexander Reid. Esq
Société des Beaux Arts
227. West George Street -
[postmark:] PARIS - [57?] / [...] / [2E?] 26 / AVRIL / 94
[postmark on verso, illegible]
'120 30 45 30 330 [240?]'
1. [26 April 1894]
Dated from postmark.
5. never did any copy
It is not known what copy was being discussed.
6. proposal about the portraits
On 27 March 1894, Reid wrote to JW regarding a portrait commission in Scotland (#05159). JW replied on 3 April 1894 (#03204) that the idea was 'most interesting', but by 25 April had not received any further details (#03239).
4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894.
8. little picture that used to be at my brother's
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) was owned by William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more]. It was eventually sold to the Goupil Gallery, London, in December 1896 for £400 (see #07023).