UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04764
Date: [December 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P404
Document Type: ALS[3]


Saturday morning -

Tell Miss Maude[4] that I found her pretty letter, with your little note inside Major, last night when I came in - and very nice of you both -

About Goupil: Yes you had better send over the little Lizzie[5] - there are two - the old black one, and a rather fair one barely begun - Perhaps your own[6] might wait a while - for I might run over myself - though London must be awful! - . . . However keep up Major, and you too Ma'ame[7] - and we must have Bunnie[8] over now on a visit directly we get you away from the black [p. 2] Island - and you shall be good Major! and never be sent back there again! -

The letters are again late this morning - so I cannot know - but if Ronnie[9] think of coming over, you may as well put his picture in with the others for the Goupils to send - Also a nude figure begun from Lillie Pettigrew[10] - a sort of Eve with an Apple in her hand - send it in her frame - Indeed while you are about it, there are two pictures similar in shape from the Lillie in their new frames - [sketch[11] of two figure paintings] may as well both come -

Your keys of [drawers?] is all right and the others you will find in it -

More on Sunday - also cheque for various

With nice messages

the General


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Notes:

1.  [December 1899?]
Dated from references to paintings (see below).

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major' and himself 'General'.

3.  ALS
The letter has a deep mourning border. It was written in pencil.

4.  Miss Maude
Philippa Maude Philip (1865-1915), JW's sister-in-law [more].

5.  Lizzie
Portraits of Elizabeth ('Lizzie') Willis, daughter of JW's housekeeper [more], include Little Juniper Bud - Lizzie Willis (YMSM 475), Little Lizzie Willis (YMSM 476), The Little London Sparrow (YMSM 477).

6.  your own
The Jade Necklace (YMSM 478), Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip Standing (YMSM 479), Portrait of Miss Philip in Black (YMSM 480), The Black Hat - Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip (YMSM 535) and Portrait of Miss Philip (YMSM 553).

7.  Ma'ame
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

8.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

9.  Ronnie
Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940), civil engineer, JW's brother-in-law [more].

10.  Lillie Pettigrew
Lilian ('Lily') Pettigrew (b. 1870), artists' model [more]. The picture may be Portrait Study of Lily Pettigrew (YMSM 434).

11.  sketch
Two paintings of nudes (M.1601), possibly showing Study of the Nude (YMSM 493) and La Sylphide (YMSM 494).