The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10706
Date: 25 March 1895
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Annah B. Peck[1]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/41/1
Document Type: ALS

My dear Mrs. Peck -

If the dress be ready, and you are able to bring Miss Peck[2] tomorrow to the studio, I should like to see you both that we might begin to arrange the composition of the picture -

Perhaps you could send me a little blue telegram to night, or the first thing tomorrow morning saying whether I may expect you at the studio at 2 o'clock -

You wish me to make for you something of a business engagement, by which you may [p. 2] know what you are undertaking, and which would make our monied responsibilities clear to us all -

I think it quite right - and am obliged to you for the suggestion -

You say that you hold at my disposal, the sum of £400. - (two thousand dollars.) and you ask me to paint for it, the portrait of your daughter, in whatever form, and size I can best manage, with a view to a successful result, considering the time limited by your departure for America.

Under these circumstances, I propose that we settle the scheme and dimensions of the picture to the complete satisfaction of us all, in the studio at the outset. I will then begin, with the charming assistance of Miss Peck herself [p. 3] to whom pray say, with my compliments, that I rely on her courage [and] cooperation -

Finally, I agree, As I told you at first, to paint the picture for the sum you fix, viz - £400. - half of which, according to custom, is paid when the picture is well under way, and the remaining half upon its completion -

Believe me, my dear Mrs Peck,
Very faithfully yours

J. McNeill Whistler.

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

March 25 - 1895

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

2.  Miss Peck
Marion Peck (b. ca 1872), later Mrs Farquhar [more], who posed for Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).