The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06264
Date: [February/April 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W258
Document Type: ALS[3]

'[Jy?] 1901'

Dear Mr. Webb -

I hope to hear from you in a day or two - probably tomorrow -

The post does take an enormous time and this place appears most "remote"!

Meanwhile I have written to Heinemann[4] - You know the Hinde Street[5] [p. 2] had been handed over to him for his Nicholson Exhibition[6] - and after when Mr. Grimaldi[7] left, Mr. Heinemann was kind enough to take over the keys and "stock" etc. for me -

It was necessary also to be able to transact any thing like business supposing any one were to ask for lithographs or etchings even during some one else's "show" - Now you might in your settling up matters communicate with him and relieve him of all this - I suppose in reality one of your clerks, say Cleary or the Duke[8] ought to meet Heinemann's clerk by appointment at the rooms and "take over." -

This must go now -

Man has come for it and rushes off to post -

Always sincerely

J McN Whistler

When Miss Birnie Philip[9] comes back to town she can then receive the keys - but I will write.

Hotel Schweizerhof

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1.  [February/April 1901]
Dated from address. JW had been suffering recurrent bouts of ill-health and was advised to take a sea voyage in December 1900. After travels to Gibraltar, Algiers and Tangier, he spent the remainder of the winter of 1901 at Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. He did not return to London until early May.

2.  William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

3.  ALS
Narrow bordered mourning paper.

4.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

5.  Hinde Street
Premises of the Company of the Butterfly. JW formed the company in April 1897 in order to sell his works direct to the public. However, it was not a success and ran only until 1901.

6.  Nicholson Exhibition
An exhibition of the work of Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872-1949), painter, poster designer [more]. See #08537.

7.  Mr. Grimaldi
Grimaldi, manager of the Company of the Butterfly in 1900 [more].

8.  Cleary or the Duke
Clerks to G. and W. Webb.

9.  Miss Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].