The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09228
Date: 24 May 1894
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Duncan McCorkindale[1]
Place: Isle of Bute
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

Dear Mr McCorkindale -

You are perhaps astonished at my not having sent you your little pastel[2] before now - But the fact is that when about to pack it, I bethought myself that I might do something more to it -

So I kept it back and have now made it much more beautiful -

It is I believe very complete - and more brilliant - I am now sending it to [p. 2] you - and tomorrow shall have it delivered to your own packer in the Place du Marché St Honoré - which it occurs to me is the best thing to do -

The frame is rather in a bad state but Reid[3] I doubt not could easily have that put right for you - and it would be pleasanter for you to receive the picture than to wait until the man here should retouch the frame -

I hope you will let me know when the pastel reaches you - and tell me how you like it[4] -

with kindest regards
to yourself and Mr Lawson[5]
Very sincerely yours

J. McN. Whistler

May 24. 1894

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'Whistler letter[6]'
'Monsieur McCorkindale.
Glendermott -
Rothesay -
Grande Brétagne'
[postmark:] PARIS / [...] / B[OULEVAR]D ST GERMAIN / [24?] / M [AI?] / 94


1.  Duncan McCorkindale
Dugal, Dugald or Duncan McCorkindale, ironfounder and collector [more].

2.  your little pastel
Study: Woman and child (M.1286). See JW's letter to McCorkindale, giving the price of 120gns, #09232.

3.  Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

4.  tell me how you like it
McCorkindale's letter has not been found, but JW wrote that he was glad McCorkindale liked 'the little picture' on 8 June 1894 (#09230).

5.  Mr Lawson
E. Kerr-Lawson, writer and collector [more]

6.  Whistler letter
Written in a different hand, at an angle up the left side of the envelope. The address is written in another hand.