The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03601
Date: [1891/1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/10
Document Type: ALS[3]


Dear Mr. Brown -

I hear from my friend Mr. Graham[4] - that he has brought with him some of his paintings of Venice - and I have naturally suggested the Fine Arts Society, as the proper place for an Exhibition -

Your [p. 2] reputation however had gone before me, and Mr. Graham tells me that others had already recommended the same course and indeed that he has seen you -

I hope you will hit it off - and arrange for a right moment -

You ought to do a very good business with Mr. Grahams pictures as no one has such an artist understanding of the beauties of Venice and you will find a freshness and delicacy in his paintings that with your wise handling ought not to prevent their selling - as well as the Roussoffs[5] that contended with no such difficulty!

[butterfly signature]

[p. 3] 'Mr W Graham
Mr. Simmonds[6]
The Priory
North Bank
St John's Wood'

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1.  [1891/1892?]
Dated from the signature and address.

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  ALS
There are several copies of this letter (#03078, #01238, #02714).

4.  Mr. Graham
William Graham (1841-1910), artist [more]. They had met in Venice in 1879.

5.  Roussoffs
Alexandre Nicolaievitch Roussoff or Volkoff-Muromsoff (1844-1928), genre and landscape painter, watercolourist [more]. An exhibition of his watercolours of Cairo and the Nile was held by the FAS in 1891, and showed 'great facility in the way of purely landscape Art than on former occasions' (Art Journal, 1891, p. 223).

6.  Mr. Simmonds
Simmonds, possibly a collector or artist. 'Mr Graham ... St John's Wood' is written in a different hand.