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System Number: 05116
Date: 16 July [1887][1]
Author: William George Rawlinson[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R16
Document Type: ALS


July 16th

Dear Mr Whistler

I am getting a little uneasy about the Nocturne[3] - It is darkening in patches here & there and by daylight these are very noticeable & interfere [p. 2] with the effect;

Could you kindly call & look at it when you are in our neighborhood?

Faithfully yours

W. G. Rawlinson

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1.  16 July [1887]
Dated from sequence of correspondence (see below).

2.  W. G. Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more].

3.  the Nocturne
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119), which was restored and re-framed as early as 1878, and then, when JW offered to paint a new one for a new price, Rawlinson had it restored by Dyer (see Rawlinson to JW, 19 February 1888, #05123, and JW to Rawlinson, #05121, #05120). Photographs of the painting suggest that it was considerably changed, either through the darkening mentioned by Rawlinson, or by JW's reworking of it.