The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10884
Date: [6 January 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Stephen Richards[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 14/1275
Document Type: TLc

21 Cheyne Walk.

Dear Sir -

You see, by the enclosed, how greatly pleased I have so far been with the work you have done for me -

Now, I want you to be particularly careful with the Miss Alexander[3] - and to do your very best - We are coming down on Wednesday morning or afternoon, by which time I suppose you will have done the little "Nocturne[4]" for Mr. Orchar[5], and Gra[u][6] will have brought the frame for it - I have seen him to-day - and have told him about taking the measure for the glass for the Miss Alexander picture -

Yours truly,

J. McN. Whistler.

I suppose you have heard from Mr. Graham Robertson[7] -

'[illegible words] [Bevans varnisher[8]?]'

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1.  [6 January 1892?]
Dated by the reference to a portrait (see below).

2.  Stephen Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more], was putting JW's pictures in order for JW's exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

3.  Miss Alexander
On 1 January 1892, JW told Richards that he would try to get hold of Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) for cleaning (#02906). On 6 January JW drafted a letter for Richards to write to Cicely's father, W. C. Alexander, #07577.

4.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Grey and Silver - Chelsea Embankment, Winter (YMSM 205).

5.  Mr. Orchar
James Guthrie Orchar (1825-1888), engineer and collector [more].

6.  Gra[u]
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more]. The name is mis-read as 'Gran' in the typed copy.

7.  Mr. Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

8.  varnisher
Four lines written in the lower right corner in an unknown hand appear to relate to the restoration of pictures for exhibition.