The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05117
Date: 8 December 1887
Author: William George Rawlinson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R17
Document Type: ALS

Dec 8th 1887


My dear Whistler

My beautiful Nocturne[3] has gone to still more utter ruin since you saw it - I wish you would paint me such another - or a 'Valparaiso[4]' - Why not? They [p. 2] were great things, greater I am persuaded than the 'Notes[5]' which are all you give us now!

Or if you won't paint me what I would far rather have - another [p. 3] Nocturne, as noble as the one deceased - will you give me a set of your Venice etchings[6]?

Yours Sincerely

W. G. Rawlinson

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1.  W. G. Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more].

2.  HILL LODGE ... W.
The printed address header is in red ink.

3.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119).

4.  Valparaiso
The Valparaiso paintings of 1866 included Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72), Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) and Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76). Rawlinson is unlikely to have known the other, less 'finished' paintings of Valparaiso, such as The Morning after the Revolution, Valparaiso (YMSM 75).

5.  Notes
Presumably he means JW's small oil panels, such as Note in Green: Wortley (YMSM 303), or watercolours such as An Orange Note - Booths, Paris (M.1014). JW was very annoyed at the implied criticism of his current work, and replied accordingly (#05118).

6.  Venice etchings
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), or A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).