The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Transcription/Database Record

the on-line edition

System Number: 13491
Date: [1897?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Deborah Delano Haden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 23
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: ALS[3]

My dear Sis -

As you are in Wimpole Street you might say to Willie[4] now that the miniature matter[5] is all right - unless you really left it in the cab - of which we foresaw the beautiful possibility! - now then [p. 2] that that is all right, I want my Boxall portrait[6] -

Say will he kindly leave word with the servants that it will be called for by the Fine Arts Society people tomorrow or the day after - and that they will give a receipt for it -

I wish Sis that you were going to stay here a little longer Sis - I do enjoy your visits - but they are so short!

When will you come again? -

Always affectionately

[butterfly signature]

8. Fitzroy Street

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  [1897?]
Dated from the address and notepaper and reference to paintings (see below). JW had a studio at Fitzroy Street from 1896-1900.

2.  Deborah Delano Haden
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

3.  ALS
Written on paper with a mourning border, indicating a date after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

5.  miniature matter
A miniature of George Washington Whistler (1800-1849), engineer, JW's father [more], had been the subject of a dispute between JW and William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more]. See JW to D. Haden #03279.

6.  Boxall
W. Boxall, Portrait of J. Whistler (z76). JW appears to have negotiated with his brother for possession of it (JW to D. D. Haden, #13491). JW sent it to New York where Kennedy was planning to exhibit it (see Kennedy to JW, 24 September 1896, #07282, and 22 November 1898, #07302). It remained in JW's possession and passed from his estate to the University of Glasgow.