The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07579
Date: 5 January 1884
Author: William Cleverley Alexander[1]
Place: Reigate, nr Redhill, Surrey
Recipient: JW
Place: [St Ives][2]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/2/1
Document Type: ALS


5th Jany 84

My dear Whistler,

There never was it seems to me a young ladie's [sic] portrait[3] so often from home and her frame is already shabby & dirty from her tours but she shall go on the round again as you so very much [p. 2] desire it, and will take all care, and see to the insurance[.] I value her for this purpose at what she cost. I though[t] you were to return to Venice but don't doubt that fornwall [sic] will be quite as productive in work to you, and I hope it is taking the form of watercolour not that I don't like [p. 3] your pastels above all, but I always regret its being so easily destroyed -

With very kind regards in which Mrs Alexander[4] unites
I am
Yours sincerely

W. C. Alexander

[p. 4][5] 'This was forgotten
meant to enclose in the other to you

J McN Whistler

Mr Alexander's address in Town
Aubrey House
Aubrey Road Campden Hill'

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1.  William Cleverley Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

2.  St Ives
JW spent January 1884 at St Ives in Cornwall, working on small oils and watercolours (see YMSM 263-288; M.915-921).

3.  young ladie's [sic] portrait
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) was exhibited in [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1884, and 102nd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1884, and was insured for 300 guineas (see JW to Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more], 17 January 1884, #07911).

4.  Mrs Alexander
Rachel Agnes Alexander (b. ca 1837, m. 1861), née Lucas, wife of W. C. Alexander [more].

5.  [p. 4]
The text on p. 4 in JW's hand is evidently addressed to C. W. Deschamps; see #12639.