The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Transcription/Database Record

the on-line edition

System Number: 09037
Date: [November 1877?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alfred Chapman[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Document Type: ALS


Dear Jack -

Come now will you make me an offer? The two Cremornes[4] 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
Chelsea -

[p. 2][5]

[p. 3, embossed address:] ARTS CLUB,

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  [November 1877?]
Dated by reference to paintings of Cremorne (see below).

2.  Alfred Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

3.  '6'
Added in another hand at top of sheet.

4.  Cremornes
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.