The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09358
Date: [10/20 March 1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Annah B. Peck[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/40/11
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac -

Dear Mrs. Peck -

I suppose I had better begin at once with the business part of this note - that we may have it over: -

The prices, then, that I ask are as follows:

For a full length portrait[3] - such [p. 2] as you saw going on in the studio - a thousand guineas -

For a smaller picture - such as the one Miss Peck[4] remembers having seen at the Salon - the portrait of Mrs Sickert[5] in blue - six hundred and fifty guineas -

This might be either a seated figure like Mrs Sickert - or standing full length - in which case the canvas would be of course of another shape & taller -

For a little portrait, like the small one you saw on the easel when you came in - a lady seated[6] on a sofa, if you remember - is brown & gold - : three hundred guineas -

While still entangled with this business side of the question, I may say that these sums are in English figures, partly because such has always been my habit, and also because my bankers are in London - wherefore I always prefer a cheque upon an English house - This I believe the Monroes[7] and others have never made any difficulty in arranging -

Now, all this being over, I need not say that it would be for me, a rare delight to paint your daughter! -

Seldom indeed has one the wonderful [p. 3] chance of daintiness and lovely colour combined!

Will you kindly write me a line, and say whether in the midst of things - your preparations for leaving town, and our own - you could come to the studio again for a moment with Miss Peck before we all go away - Would tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock do? -

Very faithfully yours

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  [10/20 March 1895?]
By the time JW wrote to Mrs Peck on 25 March 1895 (#10706), the price (£400) had been decided.

2.  Annah B. Peck
Annah B. Peck (b. ca 1850), patron [more].

3.  full length portrait
Possibly a portrait of Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more], such as Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).

4.  Miss Peck
Marion Peck (b. ca 1872), later Mrs Farquhar [more]. Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439) was started in the summer, but never completed.

5.  Mrs Sickert
Ellen Melicent Sickert (1848-1914), née Cobden, writer [more]. Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs Walter Sickert (YMSM 338) was shown at 4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894.

6.  lady seated
Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

7.  the Monroes
A bank.