System Number: 05146
Date: 10 December 1892
Author: Alexander Reid
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R45
Document Type: ALS
LA SOCIÉTÉ DES BEAUX-ARTS.
GLASGOW: 227 WEST GEORGE STREET
PARIS: 6 PLACE D'ANVERS.
10th Dec 1892.
Dear Mrs Whistler
I have only just heard from M. Portier[.] He has been away I think. He has enclosed the Sateen which I send herewith
M. Portier bought it - chez -
"Chas Levesque 10 rue du Sentier"
& it cost a franc le metre.
Mr Albert Moore (whom I have never seen) seems a curious gentleman.
I wrote him saying I liked the Nocturne & if he thought of selling it at say £80. I was a buyer. he wrote then that he would take Ninety & I said the best way would be to half the difference & while waiting for his reply (which I never got) I asked Mr Whistler to send me the picture [p. 2] which I received all right & on the same day a letter from Mr Moore informing me that I had
[illegible] induced Mr Whistler to send me the picture under false pretences but that all might yet be right if I sent him the cheque by return otherwise the whole affair would be placed in the hands of his solicitor. As I have as little liking for his solicitor as I have for my own I sent the cheque & so ended this "Cause celèbre"
With kindest regards to all at the Bon Lafontaine.
Yours Sincerely -
As yet I have no word from any of the Commissioners of the Chicago Exposition -
4. Chas Levesque
Charles Levesque, probably a cloth merchant. The name is not clearly legible.
For the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.