The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06598
Date: [14/17 August 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Liverpool
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W591
Document Type: ALS

[Liverpool coat of arms, and motto:] DEUS NOBIS HAEC OTIA FECIT



I am quite worn out my own dear Luck - and they are all in an awful hurry to get off - so that I have only time to tell you that your little letter came to keep me up for the day - and that I have had a wire from the Goupils[3] to say that the B.[4] is on her way down. -

Well a great part of the Academy room is hung - and I fancy that the mischief of the intention is clothed in a certain delicacy - indeed so subtle is it, that perhaps after all it will be scarcely perceived! - However there it is -

As much ridicule and exposure has been brought [p. 2] to bear upon the false sentiment and execrable colour drawing and execution, as one's nerves could tolerate - and then the wretched frauds are nailed to barn doors for those to see who can understand! - Very few after all -

The people here are to give us their dinner on Wednesday next and then I am off to you again my own dear Chinkie -

We may have a laugh or two out of it but it is a dreary affair at best! -

What am I to ask if the Council propose to buy the Fur Jacket[5]? - You saw that Thomson[6] was thinking of £1600. -

I saw a letter from Leighton[7] asking £1800, for his Andromeda -

I must leave with the others now Chinkie my own dear Luck and have only time to say Goodnight and God bless you!.

Your fond

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1.  [14/17 August 1891?]
Written after 13 August 1891 (#06595).

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

3.  Goupils
London art dealers.

4.  B.
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

5.  Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181). No paintings by JW were bought by Liverpool City Council, although this was exhibited in 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891.

6.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

7.  Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more]. Perseus and Andromeda was typical of his highly finished neo-classical subjects.