The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07081
Date: 6 April 1867
Author: Thomas Winans[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1070
Document Type: ALS


April 6th 67

Mr James Whistler

My dear Jemmy

I have been so busy lately with the ship[2], that I have put off from day to day answering[3] about your pictures, I now write to say that I am not collecting pictures to any extent, and in the unsettled state in which I am living, would not know what disposition to make of so many pictures if I had them, some time on, when I have a little more leisure, I will select one of the sea pieces[4], which pleases me the most, and in the mean time send you a check for £200-0-0 as a loan from which the picture that I select may be deducted, Please acknowledge rec[ei]pt if satisfactory,

Yours vy truly

Thos Winans

[p. 2] 'Micellaneous[5] [sic]
Pugh[6] - Winans. W. Winans[7]
Sandby[8] R G. R L. '

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1.  Thomas Winans
Thomas De Kay Winans (1820-1878), locomotive engineer and collector [more].

2.  ship
See Scharf, J. Thomas, A History of Baltimore City and County, 2 vols, vol. 1, (Baltimore: Regional Publishing Co.), 1971.

3.  answering
Letter untraced. Winans already owned works by JW, which probably included The Fishwife (YMSM 6) and Wapping (YMSM 35).

4.  sea pieces
These may have included seascapes painted in Valparaiso, Chile, the previous year, such as The Morning after the Revolution, Valparaiso (YMSM 75) and Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

5.  Micellaneous ... R L.
Written at an angle, probably in JW's hand, at top of sheet.

6.  Pugh
Pugh, possibly a patron of JW.

7.  W. Winans
Probably William Louis Winans (1823-before 1907), locomotive manufacturer and civil engineer [more].

8.  Sandby
Sandby, possibly a patron of JW.