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System Number: 11623
Date: [March/April 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Christian Symons[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 178
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: Ms/ALS[3]


Dear Symons -

Forgive my not writing before - However Macnab[4] and I had gone over the form of statement or letter from the Secretary[5] and he will tell you all about it -

On reflection though I think I prefer the words: "honour conferred upon him by the Royal Academy of Bavaria", to "honour conferred upon him by H R H the Prince Regent[6]" — It is simpler [p. 2] and less pretentious!

Very sincerely Yours

J McN. Whistler

[p. 3] 'pay  
1 'The figure head of the Cupid[7]' Ex RBA 1887 74 x 516 £150
[Signed?] in Mag of Art    
& Graphic    
The Union Jack [EIC?] R.A. & [illegible] at } 40 x 50 £80
Crystal Palace }    
A Christmas Eve RBA - 1888 - 44 x 34 £60
Pitch Pots R.I. 24 x 20 - 30
At the South [Banks Kennels?] - 10
A Thaw R.B.A. - 10
The Lady of the House - 15
The Moat - afternoon in April - 15
[Study for large picture?] R.A. In the Barrack } - 15
room 1st life Guards}    
Foxhounds - 10
A Garden in Winchelsea - 15
The Anchors Weighed RBA 44 x 34 40
Newlyn 18 x 12 8
Fishing at the Weir RBA 18 x 14 15
Poppies - 5
Study of Heads for large Picture in 18 x 12 15
Mappin Gallery Sheffield 'In [illegible] water'    
Old Anchors RBA 15 x 12 8
Sunset on the Thames - London Bridge v 10
On board a Dutchman 16 x 12 5
Sunset Greenhythe 21 x 14 10
Near Gravesend 8 x 5 2
HMS Uncaster 18 x 12  
Main Bits of HMS Uncaster study 15 x 12 15
{in 'Black [yard?] [illegible] 15 x 12 20
[Pennes?] RBA 18 x 14 20
A friend of the family RBA 40 x 30 30
Study of a [two illegible words]) - 10
The Wounded Knight (Coleridge[8]) 36 x 28 40
H E Card Manning[9] (from sittings painted 40 x 30 20
by H.E.}    
R S [illegible] 18 x 12 5
The Bulldog 36 x 28 30
At Newlyn 10 x 7 8
Monday (Morning[)] 36 x 24 20
[Lowstalls?] - £10
- memory sketches -  
water Colours -  
The Mousetrap [large margin?] RBA 24 x 20 £25
[two illegible words] [RBA] 12 - 9 £15
[Alley ?] - - 8
Our Debutante 20 x 14 20
memory sketches & unmounted drawings    
& black & white' -  

 


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Envelope:

List of invitations[10]

To
W. Christian Symons. Esq
With the compliments of
J McN. Whistler


Notes:

1.  [March /April 1889?]
Dated by reference to the Criterion dinner (see below).

2.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more].

3.  Ms/ALS
The letter is written by JW but p. 3 is a list written by W. C. Symons.

4.  Macnab
Peter Macnab (d. 1900), landscape and rustic genre painter [more].

5.  the Secretary
Of the Bavarian Embassy. JW had been awarded to Order of St Michael of Bavaria, and a dinner in his honour was being organised by Symons at the Criterion in April 1889.

6.  H R H the Prince Regent
Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Luitpold (1821-1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria [more].

7.  The figure head ...
W. C. Symons, The Figure Head of the Cupid, heads this list in Symons' hand of his works. This painting was exhibited at the Society of British Artists in 1887, and reproduced in the Magazine of Art, 1887. Unfortunately Symon's writing is practically illegible.

8.  Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet and critic.

9.  Manning
Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892), second Archbishop of Westminster [more].

10.  List of invitations
Double underlined.