System Number: 06679
Date: 25 November and 7 December 1866
Author: George William Whistler
Place: St Petersburg
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W673
Document Type: ALS
Dec. 7 1866.
James A. Whistler
My dear Jim -
I received two days ago your letter of the 29th Nov. & in this you will find a draft for £200. - which with the £50. - sent a few weeks since will pay you for the White Girl. I dont much like its going to the Exposition, I fear it will be injured, or lost. How about its size? the very extreme length my rooms will afford is 8. feet. if the picture is longer I shall be unable to hang it except in the small blue room, between dining & large salon - Willie will understand - & the light falls upon the left side as you look at it if hung in this small room. I will write Willie in a few days -
from your affet.
G. W. W.
Excuse my writing so little just now - am much occupied.
JW planned to send the painting to Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1867. It opened on 1 April 1867.
4. White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38); George Whistler never received the picture. He wrote to JW again in 1868 (#06684), enquiring after it to no avail. He died the following year, and it was eventually received by his heirs.
7. Excuse my writing ... W
Written at right angles to the main text in the left-hand margin.