The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11702
Date: 31 August 1899
Author: Charles Lang Freer[1]
Place: [Detroit]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 279/10
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: TLc

August 31st, 1899.

I purchased from Mr. Whistler, while in London this month.

1 oil painting entitled "The Little Lady Sophie of Soho[2]"

1 oil painting (small) entitled La Cigale[3].

The former picture is still in Mr. Whistler's possession. The latter "La Cigale" I brought home with me. Mr Whistler declined to fix a price for these two pictures or accept any payment on account thereof until after the "Little Blue Girl[4]" owned by me, now in his possession shall have been finished and delivered.

I also purchased from Mr. Whistler

1 Pastel "Drawing of a young girl[5] seated on a sofa holding a doll."

1 Pastel, "Woman seated[6] in chair holding baby".

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.

Bought from the Company of the Butterfly,

1 etching showing front of a cafe[7] on one of the French Boulevards.

1 etching, oblong, showing group of people on a balcony[8].

1 water color drawing showing small shop front[9] with figures.

The two etchings have been received by mail. The water color drawing is to be forwarded later. As yet no invoice has been received for these three articles.

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

2.  The Little Lady Sophie of Soho
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504).

3.  La Cigale
Rose and Brown: La Cigale (YMSM 495).

4.  Little Blue Girl
Freer received Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (YMSM 421) after JW's death in 1903.

5.  young girl
Not identified.

6.  Woman seated
Not identified.

7.  cafe
The Company of the Butterfly in Hinde Street, London, was established in 1899 to sell JW's works.

8.  balcony
Not identified.

9.  shop front
Chelsea Children (M.1511).