Documents associated with: sea pieces
Record 12 of 30
System Number: 00245
Date: 8 December 1891
Author: John Chandler Bancroft
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B19
Document Type: ALS
December 8. 1891
My dear Whistler
I was delighted to get your note - Of course you go to the Louvre, in time: the only drawback is that you have got to die first!
I shall go & see the pictures at Goupil's as soon as the doctor will let me get out & unless he bundles me off to the South in the same heartless way, in which perhaps I hurried a Whistler off to America. I confess my sins you see, but they shall be exhibited and [p. 2] well shown there and I think some echo will come back. I shall wait for my marine, undoubtedly - For as you say yourself of the bad light in Goupil's rooms, so is it also of the average private house, mine no exception, your nocturne gets no chance except at those odd hours when a bit of stray sunlight is reflected on it: the rest of the time it hangs in gloom.
One things occurs to me about which there is no harm in my saying a word - It is quite possible that with [p. 3] this endorsement by France, collectors may think it a duty to have a Whistler on their walls and that there may be a new scale of prices in '92 or 93 & so on which might easily take them out of my reach. On which I draw my conclusion first that my order is on the standard of '91, where I know what I am able to do, and secondly that you are not in any way bound or committed to me and have entire freedom in the matter -
I have gained so much in the last three or four [p. 4] days, that I think there is every prospect of being able to go South next week - In this latitude apparently I cant stay - There will be no room for grief: four weeks in a small apartment of the Rue St Roch are a stiff dose of dulness -
& believe me
Very sincerely yours
J. C. Bancroft
Boussod, Valadon & Cie., Paris art dealers.