System Number: 10774
Date: 9 January 
Recipient: Algernon Graves
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
RUE DU MONT-THABOR, 3.
Jan 9th. '1882'
Dear Mr Graves -
Kindly do this for me -
I want you to lend me the two Nocturnes 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.
1. 9 January 
Year date inserted in another hand, possibly that of Graves.
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.