Documents associated with: nocturne
Record 2 of 143
2 Lindsey Houses - Chelsea -
Dear Grapel -
I have just hung up in my drawing room a Nocturne of mine that looks so well that I thought you should have a shot at it if you like - it is perhaps the purest of the lot and you shall have it if you please for 200. gs. with the extraordinary advantage of carrying it away with you! - Come and see it any how -
Even if I were ever so busy the Mother would be delighted to receive you and show you it - [p. 2]
J A McN Whistler.
1. [August 1871/1874]
An early date of 1871 to 1873 is indicated by the form of the butterfly monogram. The address given, 'Lindsey Houses' for 2 Lindsey Row, suggests a date between August 1871 and October 1876. JW made vigorous efforts to sell Nocturnes between 1871 and 1874, and in particular, in the winter of 1872, when he had several on exhibition and at his home (see #07904).
Possibly Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76). Although presumably started in 1866, it was not completed until the 1870s. Whistler referred to it in a letter to Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], on 22 June 1874, 'I had once promised to let Grapel have the first choice at the Valparaiso pic[ture] if I ever finish it - but we will see -' (#11251). It is also said to have been offered to Thomas Sutherland (1834-1922), Liberal MP, Chairman of the P. and O. line [more] for 700 gns (Ward, Edwin A., Recollection Savage, London, 1923, p. 265) but was actually bought by Captain Henry Hill (1818-1882), collector [more], before 1875.