Documents associated with: nocturne
Record 143 of 143
System Number: 01527
Date: 20 February 1902
Author: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F459
Document Type: ALS
33 FERRY AVENUE
Dear Mr Whistler:-
Ever since the time I first saw your nocturne, owned by Mr Rawlinson, I have hungered to add it to my [p. 2] little group of your work - Under the advice of Mr Marchant I once offered £1.500 for the painting, which was refused -
I was recently informed that an offer of £2.000 would probably be accepted. I have today written Mr. Marchant authorizing him to, if possible,
to [p. 3] buy it for me at this price i.e. £2.000 net, to Mr R. and in addition a commission of 10% to Mr Marchant -
I hope to secure it. Now, if fortune favors this effort, I am wondering if I may again impose upon your valuable time and kind patience in the matter of those dreadful consular invoices - what [p. 3] an annoying and
uneccess unneccessary [sic] bother it is?
Uncle Sam's treasury is already overflowing to an extent beyond the powers of the politicians to absorb, and still the duty upon works of art clings like a viper -
How are you standing the winter days? Sturdily I hope, and with increasing interest in all things beautiful, I trust.
Coppers, bank failures and other similar ills [p. 5] have jarred financial matters over here, but not enough to prevent the enjoyment a great many people have realized in studying your great picture brought out by Kennedy - As yet, I have not been priveleged [sic] to see it but hope to 'ere long.
I am hoping to be in London early in May. Shall you be in town then?
With every good wish to yourself and Miss Philip, I am,
Charles L Freer
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, pp. 155-156, no. 58.
6. [p. 5]
'Feb 20th 1902' is inserted in pencil in another hand at the top of the page.
10. portrait of Mrs Whibley
Rose and Silver: Portrait of Mrs Whibley (M.1415). Freer had recently purchased the Thames in Ice and the Portrait of Mrs Whibley from John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more]. See R. Birnie Philip to C. L. Freer, #04819; see also Freer to R. Birnie Philip, #01525, and to JW, #01526.