St. Judes Cottage - Heath End
My dear Mr. Webb -
Mrs. Whibley is coming to see you tomorrow morning about several most important matters - She will be at your office at 12. o'clock
Meanwhile I send enclosed, page of Messrs. Robinson & Fishers Catalogue for Thursday's sale at Willis' Rooms. In this you will see No. 179. announced J. M. Whistler, "Portrait of a lady". I
went [p. 2] went this afternoon and saw it myself -
The painting is not by me -
In the lower left hand corner there is an imitation of my mark, The Butterfly -
The portrait is a three quarters length, life size painting - and it is high time this sort of thing were not only put a stop to, but punished -
I know that the painting can be confiscated, and destroyed - but also the perpetrator or perpetrators should be made to suffer for the forgery -
The sale as you see comes on on Thursday - therefore I want you to send down your clerk to demand the delivery of the picture into you hands for destruction, tomorrow before 4. or 5. o'clock -
But dont you think you could run up to Kings Street, Willis' Rooms, with Mrs Whibley and look at it yourself. It might interest you - and your clerk
might could follow and lay claim to the work immediately after -
In great haste
J McNeill Whistler.
Tuesday night. July 28. 1896! -
'Whistler forged picture
at Robinson & Fishers sale -
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.
3. Robinson & Fishers sale
'Whistler ... Robinson & Fishers sale' is written in another hand.
Written in another hand at the top of the sheet.
6. Messrs. Robinson & Fishers
Firm of auctioneers located at 26-28, King Street, St James. The painting referred to by JW is unidentified. JW instructed Webb to stop the sale of the painting; see his subsequent letter on the subject to Webb, #06237.
7. Willis' Rooms
Assembly rooms in King Street, St. James, once a fashionable concert venue.