The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05889
Date: 7 November 1892
Author: Samuel Untermyer[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler U18
Document Type: ALS

New York

Nov 7 / 92

J. McNeill Whistler.

My dear Sir.

After many of the vexatious delays that characterize our "enlightened" economic policy, your beautiful picture[2] has at last reached us in splendid condition thanks to your great care in packing & forwarding it. Mrs Untermyer[3] & I are enchanted with the painting which grows on us day by day. We have had some little trouble in securing for it the strong light which the painting requires but we have at last [p. 2] placed it where we think it may be seen to advantage. I had but little previous acquaintance with your paintings, never having had the good fortune to see many of them. I congratulate you upon the marvellous strength & originalty [sic] of your great genius & am proud to know that an American artist has secured a permanent place in the front rank of the great painters of modern times.

We shall be pleased to show the picture to any of your friends here who may be interested to see it & feel more than fortunate in the possession of a work of art so startling in its beauty & originality.

Very faithfully Yours

Saml. Untermyer

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

2.  picture
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). See also other correspondence concerning the sale of the picture, #05886; #05887; #05888.

3.  Mrs Untermyer
Minnie Untermyer (m. 1880), née Carl, wife of Samuel Untermyer.