The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05565
Date: 2 September 1892
Author: Sidney Starr[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S211
Document Type: ALS


Septr 2nd 1892

My dear Master,

You are, I sincerely hope, perfectly well in the midst of all these news of illness -

Mr Untermyer[2] wishes me to ask you to send the painting, "The Falling Rocket[3]" directly to his house -

(Samuel Untermyer)
675 Fifth Avenue -
N. Y. C.

Duty free - Clear of Customs -

You will I know be a [p. 2] little sad to let the panel be so far away -

I am delighted to think of seeing it again -

When your cable came Mr Untermyer was a little startled at the price, and asked me my opinion as to the commercial value etc, saying he could fully rely on my judgement of the artistic qualities, but did I not think 800 guineas rather a [p. 3] steep price for the picture? I wrote a letter of which you can guess the contents: "That I did not think 800 guineas a large sum to pay for a picture by you - that as art the panel was priceless, and as to paying 800 guineas for the priviledge [sic] of possessing it - was just as he felt inclined" - The place and value of your work etc and so on -

This morning he writes me to ask you to send the picture -

I am glad - Hurrah -

With kindest regards to Mrs Whistler[4], and to yourself with all my devotion,
Yours most sincerely

Sidney Starr.

[p. 4] Samuel Untermyer
675 Fifth Avenue

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1.  Sidney Starr
Sidney Starr (1866 or 1867-1925), painter [more].

2.  Mr Untermyer
Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

3.  The Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), the picture that became notorious as the subject of John Ruskin's libel in 1878 (see Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992).

4.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].