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Record 17 of 334

System Number: 01432
Date: [16/25 August 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Wickham Flower[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F364
Document Type: ALdS

Dear Mr. Flower -

Perhaps we may manage an 'arrangement' in business after all -

Voici comment[3] - you have made your proposition - and now behold here is mine -

The Catalogued price of each of the three little pictures is as follows:

(No. 38.) An orange note[4] - The Sweet Shop -   ...       200. gs
(No. 52.) Note in blue & opal - The Sun Cloud -   ...   130  "
(No. 44.) Harmony in brown & gold - Old Chelsea Church - 80  "  
                                                        410. gs.

The £160. that you propose [p. 2] for these three is barely half the sum asked for the first two -

For 205 guineas - that is half the Catalogue price - you shall have the three! - or if you do not wish to spend more than you say let me keep my third little bit and take the two that you liked first, The Sweet Shop & The Sun Cloud -

Voila [sic] - This seems to me to be an easy way out for us both - Excepting that I shall always in any case remember that the whole Show was really yours .. - for without you where would it have been! -

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1.  [16/25 August 1884]
This is a reply to Flowers' letter of 15 August [1884], (#01431).

2.  Wickham Flower
Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836), solicitor and collector [more].

3.  Voici comment
Fr., 'This is how'.

4.  An orange note
Pictures referred to are: An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264); Note in Blue and Opal: The Sun Cloud (YMSM 271); Harmony in Brown and Gold: Old Chelsea Church (YMSM 305).