System Number: 05159
Date: 27 March 1894
Author: Alexander Reid
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R58
Document Type: ALS
LA SOCIÉTÉ DES BEAUX-ARTS.
GLASGOW: 227 WEST GEORGE STREET.
PARIS: 6 PLACE D'ANVERS.
27th March 1894.
Dear Mr Whistler.
In your last you said something about business.
Well I have been working very hard for you here & I think if you would make up your mind to come here for a few weeks you would not regret it from a pleasant holiday point of view, & the business side would be attended to. I have as yet got nothing fixed but my friend Mr Kay (Mr Arthurs partner) has almost arranged (with a friend) for two portraits, & there is another one on the tapis. One of the portraits would be a full length & the [p. 2] other two smaller ones.
Brief[ly] the thing rests partly in abeyance because I am not sure that you would come here
Would you come here for say a couple of months if you had the promise (to begin with of say those portraits 1 full length & two small at say £2.000 for the 3.
It would be a delightful holiday for you (as good as Brittany) & you would see the land of all the Macneills!
You might let me know & as there is as yet nothing fixed you may put it such a way as you think best
For the full length & other picture I don't think the price would matter for a few hundreds[,] the third would depend on price a little. Then I should expect a commission of 10%. which you might bear in mind while fixing the price.
You might let me know generally your notion.
2. Mr Kay
Arthur Kay, business partner of T. G. Arthur.
Fr., carpet (meaning, under consideration).
'little ... Reid' is written in the left hand margin, at right angles to the main text.