The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10774
Date: 9 January [1882][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Algernon Graves[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: f MS A 1412
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS[3]


Jan 9th. '1882'

Dear Mr Graves -

Kindly do this for me -

I want you to lend me the two Nocturnes[4] of Cremorne - the upright one with the fireworks (falling rocket) and the long one with the great Catherine Wheel -

I should like to show them in my Studio on Sunday when I expect some people - You can of course always have them back when you wish - and meanwhile I think it would be advantageous that they should be [shown?] seen at my place -

I leave for London tomorrow morning - and would be greatly obliged if you would amiably have the two pictures sent tomorrow morning to my studio, 13. Tite Street. Chelsea -

With many thanks

Very truly Yours -

J. McNeill Whistler.

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1.  9 January [1882]
Year date inserted in another hand, possibly that of Graves.

2.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

3.  ALS
Text written at right-angles to printed address.

4.  two Nocturnes
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169) and Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), were deposited with Graves as security for a loan of £85. This was not repaid for at least a decade, according to Graves' account as sent to JW in December 1888 (A. Graves to JW, [26 December 1888?], #01827). See also A. Graves to JW, 9 September 1878, #01797.