The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11701
Date: [4 September 1902][1]
Author: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: [Detroit]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 279/9
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: TD/Ms[3]


       £ s. d.    
Lithograph - "Needlework" 1 proof -  4. 4. 0. =   21.00
  " "Father & Son" 1 "  4. 4. 0. =   21.00
  " "Savoy Pigeons" 1 "  4. 4. 0. =   21.00
Water Color - "Chelsea Children" 73.10.0. = 367.00
Lithograph - "Study of a Horse" 1 "  5. 5. 0. =  26.25
Etching - "The Terrace Luxembourg" 1 " 12.12.0. =  63.00
  " "Cafe Luxembourg" 1 "  8. 8. 0. =  42.00
  " "The Garden" W.180- 1 " 12.12.0. =  63.00
  " "The Bead Stringers" W.164 1 "  8. 8. 0. =  42.00


(All of the above are in Detroit) Above pounds called $5.00 each[5].

Pastel - "The Violet Cap" - A young girl seatedon a sofa, holding a doll - (Left with Mr. Whistler to work on) 150 guineas = 157.10.0. = 770.00
  " -----A young woman sitting in a chair, holding a baby - (In Detroit) 150 guineas = 157.10.0. = 770.00
  " -------A nude woman standing writing on the wall - (Left with Mr. Whistler to work on) 150 guineas = 157.10.0. = 770.00
  " -------A woman lying on a sofa with her head low down - (Left with Mr. Whistler to add some orange) 150 guineas = 157.10.0. = 770.00


Oil painting - "Little Lady Sophie of Soho" - (In Detroit) 800 guineas = 840.0.0. = 4,100.00
  " " "La Cigale" - (In Detroit) 400 " = 420.0.0. = 2,050.00
  " " Phryne The Superb - Builder of Temples - At time of payment this Picture) was in Paris on exhibition, from) 2.653. 7. 0. where it was sent back to Mr.Whistler's Studio - it still remains) there) 600 guineas = 630.0.0. = 3,075.00
  " " Grey & Silver - Trouville for Mr . Bixby[6] (Delivered to Mr. Bixby) Less amount paid by Mr. Bixby) Sept. 4th, 1902 - 250 guineas = 262.10.0. £2,915.17.0. = 1,281.00 14,252.75 1,281. $12,971.


Paid by Mr. Freer to Mr. Whistler in Paris, Oct. 1894 - £ 1.050  
" " " " " " " in London, June, 1902 - £ 2.000.
Over paid Mr. Whistler) and to be deducted from) some future settlement)   £ 134.3.0.
Detroit, August 25th, 1902.    


[p. 2]

THE LITTLE BLUE GIRL. Oil Painting.     Paid for. X
HARMONY IN BLUE AND VIOLET. Pastel. Received   " " X
A VIOLET NOTE. Pastel "   " " X
ROSE AND RED. THE LITTLE RED Pink CAP. Pastel. "   " " X
BLUE AND GOLD. THE ROSE AZALEA. Water Color. "   Not paid for. X
LA CIGALE. Small nude. Oil Painting. "   " " " X


Mr. Whistler declined to fix a price for either "The Little Lady Sophie of Soho" or "La Cigale" or accept any payment there-of until after the "Little Blue Girl" owned by me, now in his possession, shall have been finished and delivered.

Also the following etchings[7]:--

W. 47. [tick] Arthur Seymour,
  48 [tick] Becquet
X 53 [tick] Drouet
X 57 [tick] Annie Haden (from Haden Collection)
  83 [tick] Weary
  144 [tick] The "Adam and Eve", Old Chelsea.
  149 [tick] The Little Venice.
  168 [tick] Nocturne Palaces.
X 189 [tick] The Dyer.
      [on right] 'All Etchings received'


[p. 3]

[tick] W.205 The Village Sweet-Shop.
[tick] 239   Monitors.
[tick] 247   Windsor (Memorial)
[tick] 259 X Mairie, Loches.
[tick] 262 X Balcony, Amsterdam.
[tick] 260 X Steps, Amsterdam.
[tick] 265 X Nocturne: Dance House.
[tick] 266   Long House-Dyer's Amsterdam.
[tick]     Hangman's House, Bourges.
[tick]     Cameo No. 1.
[tick]     Hotel De Ville, Loches.
[tick] Chateau Amboise.
[tick]     Clock Tower, St. Amboise.
[tick]     Blois Cathedral.
[tick]     Chancellor's Office, Loches.
[tick]     From the Walk of Agnes Sorrel.
[tick]     Station Voves.
[tick]     Doorway. Chapel of Montressor.
[tick]     The Mill.
[tick]     The Lace Curtain.
[tick]     Hotel Lallemant, Bourges.


Left with Mr Whistler June 18th 1902
Pastel A woman seated in a chair sofa holding a baby doll From Mr Whistler. Paid for
" A small nude woman with arms [illegible] holding drapery, from Obach[8] Paid for
" A small draped figure standing against wall holding a purple fan from Theobalds[9] Paid
" A woman lying on a sofa - orange to be added - from Mr Whistler Paid
" A woman standing writing on the wall - Paid " " " Oil Phyrne - now in Paris salon Paid for June 1902
" The Little Red Glove[10] } unpaid
" Little Blue Girl } "
" Portrait C L F[11] } "

[p. 4]
Received from Mr. Whistler but not yet paid for.
Water Color Drawing, showing Small Shop Front with Figures.
(This water color was purchased from the Society of the Butterfly, and no invoice has been received therefor.)
Four lithographs, as follows:
W. 87. FATHER and SON. X

Two Etchings, as follows:

[p. 5]
Ordered from Mr. Whistler, but not paid for nor delivered.
Pastel Drawing. A Young Girl Seated on a Sofa, holding a doll "The Violet Cap" X
Pastel. Woman Seated in a Chair holding a Baby. X
Neither of these two pastels are yet finished, nor was any price agreed upon for them, the understanding being that Mr. Whistler would complete these at his leisure and either forward them to me or keep them until my next trip to London.

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1.  [4 September 1902]
This is the final date on the document.

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

3.  TD/Ms
Typescript document with annotations in Freer's hand.

4.  Memorandum
The works were Needlework (C.149); Father and Son (C.123); Savoy Pigeons (C.154); Chelsea Children (M.1511); Study of a Horse (C.132); Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No.1 (K.425) or Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No.2 (K.426); Café Luxembourg (K.434); Garden (K.210); Bead-Stringers (K.198); The Green Cap (M.1527); The Purple Cap (M.1287); Writing on the Wall (M.1396); r.: Sleeping; v.: Standing Nude (M.1293); Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504); Rose and Brown: La Cigale (YMSM 495); Purple and Gold: Phryne the Superb! - Builder of Temples (YMSM 490); Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66); Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (YMSM 421); Harmony in Blue and Violet (M.1076); The Violet Note (M.1081); Rose and Red: The Little Pink Cap (M.1277); Blue and Gold - The Rose Azalea (M.1392). See also #09089 and #11701.

5.  e
Double underlined.

6.  etchings
The etchings probably include Little Arthur (K.9), Becquet (K.52), Drouet (K.55), Annie Haden (K.62), Weary (K.92), The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea (K.175), Little Venice (K.183), Nocturne: Palaces (K.202), and The Dyer (K.219). The lists on p. 3 (etchings from the Loire, the 'Renaissance set', 1888 (K.368-402) (excat 9) and the 'Holland set', 1889 (K.402-416) (excat 10), and others), include Village Sweet-shop (K.251); Monitors (K.318); Windsor (Memorial) (K.329); Mairie, Loches (K.382) Balcony, Amsterdam (K.405) Steps, Amsterdam (K.403) Nocturne: Dance House (K.408) Long House - Dyer's - Amsterdam (K.406) Hangman's House, Tours (K.376) Cameo No.1 (Mother and Child) (K.347) Hotel de Ville, Loches (K.384) Chateau Amboise (K.393) Clock-Tower, Amboise (K.394) Under the Cathedral, Blois (K.397) Mairie, Loches (K.382) From Agnes Sorrel's Walk (K.385) Railway-Station, Voves (K.371) Chapel Doorway, Montresor (K.395) The Mill (K.413) The Embroidered Curtain (K.410) Hotel Lallement, Bourges (K.399).

7.  Mr Bixby
William Keeney Bixby (1857-1931), business man and collector [more].

8.  Obach
Obach & Co., London art dealers.

9.  Theobalds
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more].

10.  The Little Red Glove
The Little Red Glove (YMSM 468).

11.  Portrait C L F
Portrait of Charles L. Freer (YMSM 550).