Dear Jack -
Come now will you make me an offer? The two Cremornes you know - Will you send me a cheque for 80 guineas and have them? Write me a line and make a proposal -
Ever Yours -
J A McN. Whistler
96. Cheyne Walk
[p. 3, embossed address:] ARTS CLUB,
1. [November 1877?]
Dated by reference to paintings of Cremorne (see below).
Added in another hand at top of sheet.
On 18 September 1875, Whistler's mother mentioned a painting 'lately finished of Cremorne Gardens at Chelsea' (AMW to Gamble, #06555). JW's paintings of Cremorne over the next two years include Cremorne, No. 1 (YMSM 163), Cremorne Gardens, No. 2 (YMSM 164), Nocturne: Cremorne Gardens, No. 3 (YMSM 165), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Gardens (YMSM 166), Nocturne in Black and Gold (YMSM 167), and Cremorne (YMSM 168), as well as the more famous Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169) and Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). They became security for JW's debts between 1875 and 1878, and some were destroyed at the time of his bankruptcy. However, Chapman agreed to purchase at least one such Cremorne, which was either sold or delivered to him by C. A. Howell in November 1877 (Cremorne (YMSM 168)).
5. [p. 2]
This letter is written on a folded sheet, with p. 2 blank, and the embossed address on p. 3.