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Record 139 of 143

System Number: 00791
Date: [1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Christine Anderson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C292
Document Type: AL[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Dear Mrs. Anderson -

Write to Mr Chapman[4] - Acknowledge letter - say submitted to directors - will transmit their further advices - Will Mr. Chapman say meanwhile what other Whistler Nocturnes or marines he may have - and what would be their prices -

Also will he regard the matter as under consideration, and send the size of "Bognor"[5], and of any other painting he may be willing to part with[6] -

Write to Mr. Pope[7] [p. 2] of America - (have you not his address?) - :

"Sir - Knowing you to be a Collector of Whistler paintings, and possessor of very fine [works,] the directors wish me to advise you that they may shortly be able to offer you a famous Nocturne of his, known as the "Bognor" - (size) considered by the Critics as the very finest among them all -

We would be pleased to hear from you immediately whether you will entertain its purchase at £1600? - £1600? -["]

Letter to Mr. Pope may wait until you hear from Mr Chapman -

Writing again directly[8] -

Let me hear from you again - tomorrow[9] -

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1.  [1898]
Dated from the references to paintings (see below).

2.  Christine Anderson
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more]. The company was founded by JW in order to sell his works direct to the public. He acquired the lease of a shop at 2 Hinde Street, Manchester Square, as premises in April 1897. However, it was not a success and lasted only from 1898 to 1901. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, pp. 199-201.

3.  AL
Written on deep-bordered mourning paper.

4.  Mr Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more]. Chapman also owned Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117) and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174), which JW re-acquired and sold to J. J. Cowan in December 1898.

5.  part with
This paragraph, 'Also will he ... part with', is inserted at right-angles to the main text in the left-hand margin.

6.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100). The painting was eventually sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more] in 1899.

7.  Mr. Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more].

8.  again directly
'Letter to ... again directly - ' is written in the left margin.

9.  tomorrow
'Let me ... tomorrow - ' is written upside-down to the main text at the top of p. 1.