UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05164
Date: 7 June 1895
Author: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R63
Document Type: ALS


LA SOCIÉTÉ DES BEAUX-ARTS.

GLASGOW: 124 ST. VINCENT STREET.
PARIS: 6 PLACE D'ANVERS.

7th June 1895.

Dear Mr Whistler.

I wrote you some time ago about the little sketch "White Girl[2]" but was not fortunate enough to elicit a reply -

You might please [give?] let me know if you intend keeping it.

I have an offer here of £500. for the "Lady with the Fur jacket[3]" & as I have tried without success for a higher price I think of selling it.

You might please [p. 2] let me know what you think

I have found in every case where I have held out for a high price that I have been undersold.

Trusting to have the pleasure of a reply from you & that both Mrs Whistler[4] & yourself are well.

I am
yours faithfully,

Alex Reid.


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Notes:

1.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

2.  White Girl
The White Girl (M.471), probably bought by Reid at auction, Christie, 21 July 1894 (lot 130). there is some confusion about its history, but by 26 July 1895, E. G. Kennedy wrote that he had told Isaac Cook of St Louis to ask JW for a pastel which he was 'to put a head on' (#07256).

3.  Lady with the Fur jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

4.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She was in fact seriously ill with cancer.