The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05350
Date: [October 1874 / July 1875?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Lady Elizabeth Romilly[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R245
Document Type: ALS

2 Lindsey Houses. Chelsea -

My dear Lady Romilly -

I have received your kind note[3] and shall be delighted to show you my paintings[4] - Either friday or saturday afternoon if equally convenient to you would be better perhaps than tomorrow when my work is to be unusually late -

I remember with the greatest pleasure your [p. 2] visit to my Gallery[5] and am now very much gratified that at a time when your moments are so few you still make it possible to call -

Believe me
Very truly Yours

J. A. McN. Whistler

[p. 3] Lindsey Houses[6] form a continuation of Cheyne Walk - and are opposite Old Battersea bridge at the end of the Embankment -

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1.  [October 1874 / July 1875?]
JW lived in 2 Lindsey Row from February 1867 to June 1878, and some letters between August 1871 and October 1876 were written as from 'Lindsey Houses'. The reference to JW's 'Gallery' suggests a date after his solo exhibition at the Flemish Gallery in June 1874 (see below). A letter mentioning Lady Romilly, written by JW to Cyril Flower, also suggests a date of late 1874 or early 1875 (#01621).

2.  Lady Elizabeth Romilly
Lady Elizabeth Romilly (1820-1892), wife of Col. F. Romilly [more].

3.  note
Not located.

4.  paintings
These included Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

5.  Gallery
Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874. The exhibits included Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129), and Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), cat. nos. 5 and 6 respectively. The latter was still in JW's possession.

6.  Lindsey Houses ... Embankment -
'Lindsey Houses ... Embankment' is written at right-angles on page three.