The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05451
Date: [April 1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Simpson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S95
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr. Simpson -

I am afraid that I can be of no use - as my nomination[3] is more of a complimentary one than any thing else - and I have not as yet been near the place - Doubtless by this time your picture will have been received and rece[i]ved very well on its own merits - so that's all right -

The window[4] was put up in the church long ago - Your cousin Mrs Holmes[5] who came once or twice with your [p. 2] brother[6], and whom we found very nice and amiable, will tell you of its success with all the Bishops and dignitaries -

With my compliments and kindest regards to Mrs. Simpson[7], and congratulations about the Venetian glass Baby[8] - mind they dont break it out there in the country -

Very sincerely

J McN Whistler

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1.  [April 1892?]
Dated by the reference to the window (see below).

2.  Simpson
Simpson, an artist related to Mrs J. Holmes: possibly Henry Simpson (1853-1921), genre painter [more].

3.  nomination
This may refer to the selection of pictures for an exhibition or membership of a Society or Club.

4.  window
B. Whistler, Holme Memorial Window (z224), a stained glass window erected in memory of Mrs Holme's daughter, designed by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. It was erected in the Parish Church of Orton in Cumbria (see MacDonald, Margaret F., Beatrice Whistler Artist and Designer, Glasgow, 1997). The window was consecrated by the Bishop of Carlyle in a special ceremony (Westmoreland Gazette, 5 March 1892; and see #06611).

5.  Mrs Holmes
Mrs Jane Holme, patron of Beatrix Whistler [more].

6.  brother
Simpson, brother of the artist, related to Mrs J. Holmes.

7.  Mrs. Simpson
Mrs Simpson, wife of an artist.

8.  Venetian glass Baby
It is not clear if this is a real or Murano glass baby!