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Record 13 of 14
System Number: 11658
Date: [24 October 1900]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 256
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
My dear Nellie -
If I am here I will come on Saturday or Sunday - in which case I will let you know -
But it is most probable that I shall run over to Paris on Friday morning - & to return on Tuesday -
As to the Greuze, my advice is not to hesitate! unless I know more -
I am astonished at your being offered £60. for it - If it were an original, its [p. 2] market value might be anything - but perhaps ten pounds - or say £15 - at most -
I should say then take the sixty by all means -
I will put the Butterfly on the proof - which I suppose I will find in the parcel with the picture - I shall open it in the studio tomorrow - Don't send for it until next week -
Now I have meant to ask you if you know or remember a Dr. Perry! - short - stout rather - what one might call "Frappe" - black crisp hair - a cross between a nigger and a Jew -
Has been several times to see me - as a great friend of Willie! - and this afternoon at last got in, and, before I knew where I was, had cheque out of me for £5 - !
This he proposed to return next week! - University of Philadelphia - or Pennsylvania I think he says he is from -
Do you suppose I shall ever see the money again? -
J McN W
Wednesday eveng -
Mrs William McNeill Whistler
5. Aubrey Road
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] [LONDON].W / 10 AM / OC 24 / 00 / 11
[postmark on verso, illegible]
1. [24 October 1900]
Dated from the postmark, the almanac and the reference to Paris. JW went over to Paris on 25 October 1900 (see #07723).
4. Dr. Perry
Dr Perry, associate of William McNeill Whistler; JW's racist remarks apparently reflect his family's views and attitudes.