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System Number: 13782
Date: 14 March 1881
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Gebrüder Heyl und Gesellschaft[1]
Place: Berlin and London
Repository: Published[2]
Document Type: PLc

Dear Sirs, -

I have been working with the colours you sent me for trial, I am greatly pleased with the qualities. [p. 2] Certainly no paints have come to me in more perfect condition - excellently ground - firm and free from excess of oil. The colours themselves are of remarkable purity and brilliancy. I would specially notice among the simpler ones the great richness and golden beauty of your series of ochres - Roman, brown, transparent, &c.; the warmth of your Venetian red, brown red, &c.

I mean certainly to deal with you as long as you persevere in furnishing materials of the same quality, and have no doubt that all painters will be only too pleased to encourage the ultimate success of excellent wares at half the price extorted from them by the other dealers of the day.

I am, Sirs,

J. McNeill Whistler.


March 14th, 1881,

To Messrs. Gebr. Heyl and Co.,
Charlottenburg, near Berlin, and 3, Bunhill Row, London, E. C.

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1.  Gebrüder Heyl und Gesellschaft
Heyl Bros. & Co., German colourmen.

2.  [Published]
Letter published in The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, 2 July 1888, pp. 221-22. It is quoted in full by M. Hübner and Co, London agents for Heyl Bros.   Co., following a letter of their own on the subject of that company's superior pigments (see #13813). The letter is printed under the heading, 'J. McNeill Whistler, Esq., P.R.B.A., writes'.