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Documents associated with: Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887
Record 13 of 23

System Number: 05428
Date: [May 1887?][1]
Author: Walter Richard Sickert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S72
Document Type: ALS


FINCHLEY ROAD STATION.

54, BROADHURST GARDENS,
SOUTH HAMPSTEAD. N. W.

The Fine Art Society[3] have had the cheek to send me a cheque for
£54. 19. 6 !!!
as the amount due for your etchings.

Now surely Browne's[4] [sic] own bill if I am not quite mistaken ran into seventy odd pounds! To say nothing of the two purloined etchings[5] of [p. 2] which you have a written proof in Browne's original receipt.

If this is so surely you have a very ugly case against them.

I returned the cheque registered saying that it bore no sort of prop[ortio]n to the value of collection of etchings entrusted by me & sold without authority & told them to write direct to you -

How's Paris & the Show[6]?

W. S.


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Notes:

1.  [May 1887?]
Dated by Sickert's known association with JW, and a possible reference to a Paris exhibition (see below).

2.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

3.  Fine Art Society
Art dealers in New Bond Street.

4.  Browne's
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

5.  two purloined etchings
Brown appears to have sold two etchings without authorisation from JW, and JW and Sickert were determined to get as much compensation as possible. The 'purloined proofs' are also mentioned in #05429, #01960, and #01961.

6.  Paris & the Show
Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887.