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System Number: 00601
Date: 26 June 1891
Author: John Henry Quinn[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Constance Lawson[2]
Place: [Haslemere, Surrey]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C102
Document Type: ALS


CHELSEA PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

TOWN HALL Manresa Rd, CHELSEA,
LONDON, S. W.,

June 26th 1891

Mrs. C. Lawson,

Madam,

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your offer of the statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds[3] by your late father[4], and shall have much pleasure in laying it before the Libraries Commissioners at their next meeting on Friday, 3rd July.

I have no doubt you are aware that owing to our building occupying the site of Merton Villa[5] the Commrs. take a special interest in placing such of your late father's works that they may come in possession of in the institution & that they have already been enabled to adorn the building by receiving [p. 2] the models of the tryptich [sic] in St. George's Chapel, Windsor[6].

Yours faithfully

J: Henry Quinn

Librarian & Secy.

[p. 3, written in another hand:] 'Chelsea Free Library'
're Sir Joshua Reynolds'
'Statue'
'June 26 - 1891'


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Notes:

1.  John Henry Quinn
John Henry Quinn (1860-1941), Librarian [more].

2.  Constance Lawson
Constance Lawson (1854-1929), née Philip, painter, JW's sister-in-law [more]. She had written to Chelsea Public Library on 25 June 1891, #02491.

3.  Sir Joshua Reynolds
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), painter [more].

4.  father
John Birnie Philip (1824-1875), sculptor, father of JW's wife Beatrix [more].

5.  Merton Villa
The house in Chelsea in which John Birnie Philip had his studio, and where the family were brought up, including Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. JW etched the villa (Merton Villa, Chelsea (K.277)).

6.  tryptich [sic] in St. George's Chapel, Windsor
Not identified.