The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13340
Date: 15 October 1884
Author: George Roland Halkett[1]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Recipient: Algernon Graves[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G182c
Document Type: MsLc


Oct 15 - 1884

Dear Sir

I have received your favour of yesterday and greatly regret its tenour [sic] - all attempts to get the picture[3] purchased privately having failed, we were in course of forming an influential Committee for its public purchase and I had already been promised considerable sums to this end and had every prospect of success -

Mr Whistlers' letter[4] finally puts an end to the hope that the picture might have found a resting place in Edinburgh and we shall take no further action in the matter

I remain yours truly

George R Halkett

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1.  George Roland Halkett
George Roland Halkett (1855-1918), artist, critic and political cartoonist. This is one of two copies enclosed with a letter from Algernon Graves to JW on 16 October (#01816). The other was from J. M. Gray (#01817).

2.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

3.  picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). JW would sell the painting to Glasgow Corporation in April 1891 for 1000 guineas.

4.  Mr Whistlers' letter
Graves wrote to JW on 14 October 1884 (#01815) that he had written to Edinburgh on JW's instructions of 13 October 1884 (#10919) raising the price of the painting from 400 to 1000 guineas.