The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11596
Date: [6 June 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 56
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: W[3]

[telegraph form:] POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS

[postmark:] CHARLES ST. / HAYMARKET. S. W. / * / JU 6 / 02

HANDED IN AT } Kings Rd A AT 2.13 p.M., RECEIVED HERE AT } 2.35 p.M.

TO { Freer Carlton Hotel Haymkt

So sorry impossible today[4] will tomorrow do from five thirty


'Theobald[5] paintings at Marchants[6] -'

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1.  6 June 1902
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  W
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 65, p. 161.

4.  impossible today
JW was possibly alluding to his work on a portrait of George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more], Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481) (see JW to C. L. Freer, #11597).

5.  Theobald
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more]. Theobald purchased what JW described as 'the lot that remained' after his exhibition 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884. The works included Nocturne: Silver and Opal - Chelsea (YMSM 309). This and other works were bought by Freer in August 1902 (see Theobald to Freer, 6 June 1902, #11692).

6.  Marchants
William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925), art dealer [more]. This note is written in another hand.