The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05886
Date: [3 September 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Samuel Untermyer[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler U15
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Sir -

Enclosed I send you Consular certificate for the picture "Nocturne in Black and Gold - The Falling Rocket[3]", which our mutual friend Mr. Sidney Starr[4] has written to say you purchase from me -

The picture itself will be shipped to your address, 675. Fifth Avenue. N.Y.C., in about 14 days - as meanwhile I am having it backed by the people who work for the Louvre, under my own supervision, in [p. 2] order that it may be safe for all time -

I have asked Mr. Starr to request you to send me to my address here (as above) cheque upon an English house, a banker in London, if convenient for the sum, eight hundred guineas - (crossed, payable to Messrs. Drummond[5] & Co.)

I further hoped that at the time of the Chicago Exhibition, you might be persuaded to lend it - If you will consent to do this I shall be greatly gratified, as the work has achieved a certain historical reputation and I should much regret its absence -

I am having a glass put on the painting - for its preservation - but I cannot help acknowledging that the picture is better seen without it - However I thought it well that it should arrive with the glass on, and then you can at times remove it - and in the clear American atmosphere so different [from] the London one of smoke and greasy filth, it might be left off altogether -

It would greatly please me to hear from you how you like your picture - which I am glad to know goes into the possession, and will remain in the care of so distinguished a collector as yourself -

When I come to America, as I hope to do next year, I shall do myself the pleasure of calling upon you [p. 3] that I may express to you personally my extreme gratification at knowing my picture so charmingly housed, and meanwhile

I remain, dear Sir
Very faithfully Yours

J McNeill Whistler

Upon the presentation of the Consular certificate at the customs, the picture will be delivered to you, as you know, free of all duty -

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1.  [9 September 1892]
This probably dates from immediately after a letter from S. Starr to JW, 2 September 1892, #05565.

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

3.  The Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

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

5.  Drummond
George James Drummond (1835-1917), banker [more].