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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07564
Date: [1872/1873][1]
Author: Mary Carlyle Aitken[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Document Type: ALS[3]


[engraving of an owl on a branch]

5 Cheyne Row

Sunday.

Dear Mr. Whistler,

I write this little note out of a good spirit to tell you that even my Uncle[4] is beginning to be impressed with the portrait; he remarked to me when he returned from his last sitting "that he really couldn't help [p. 2] observing that it was going to be very like him, and that there was a certain massive originality about the whole thing, which was rather impressive! - "

Will you please give my love to Mrs. Whistler[5], whom I hope to see very soon.

I am, with kind regards,
Yours very sincerely

Mary Carlyle Aitken

[p. 3] I know how busy you are so please dont for a moment think of writing in answer to this. /


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Notes:

1.  [1872/1873]
Dated from a reference to sittings for Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

2.  Mary Carlyle Aitken
Mary Carlyle (1848-1895), née Aitken, niece of Thomas Carlyle [more].

3.  ALS
There is another letter from Mary Aitken to JW at #07563.

4.  Uncle
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more]. He was posing for Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

5.  Mrs Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].