System Number: 10722
Date: [2 April 1896]
Recipient: Stephen Richards
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/44/12
Document Type: ALS
[Savoy coat of arms:] SAVOY HOTEL
Mr. Richards -
If you are able tomorrow morning, when you get this, the first thing I wish you would go to Mr. Arthur Studds 97 Cheyne Walk - Chelsea -
I want you to take with you the materials for varnishing a picture of mine that is hanging in his drawing room -
The picture has just come back from America - and though perfectly clean - I washed it myself this afternoon - is in a very dull state - The varnish is quite chilled, and much sunken in -
It is quite ready to have another coat of varnish - your very best! - So give a thin coat tomorrow morning - This will go perfectly, [
illegible] and you will have got again the beautiful enamel surface that you know I so greatly admire -
You had better give the picture a gentle rub, with your [p. 3] chamois leather first - However you know what to do - Only I want you to make a beautiful job of this - If you do, Mr. Studd, to whom I have already spoken, will, I am sure, have you down in future to take care of his pictures -
Mr. Studd leaves town after 2. o'clock in the afternoon. Therefore you had better get down there at once
J McN. Whistler
Write me a line to say that its all right -
The stretcher wants a little seeing to - There is a [
illegible] cockle in the left hand top corner - Look [p. 4] if there be any nail or tack fallen down between the wood and the picture - and remove with the greatest care.
Mind - no cleaning - nothing to be done this time but the thin coat of varnish.
Mr. Stephen Richards
4. Berners Street,
Oxford Street -
[stamp x 2:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE HALF PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON. W. C. / L 7 / AP 2 / 96
[on verso:] SAVOY HOTEL,
1. [2 April 1896]
Dated from the postmark.
4. Messrs. Goupil
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
6. greatest care