Documents associated with: 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895
Record 4 of 13
System Number: 10720
Date: [7 October 1895]
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: Stephen Richards
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/44/10
Document Type: ALS
Royal Lion Hotel - Lyme Regis
Dear Sir -
I want you to write me a line about the little head of mine -
You will have had it in hand since this morning -
Now you know it is not to be touched except in the way of varnishing -
I want a beautiful enameled surface! [p. 2] The canvas is of an open texture - but this is all to the good - and is quite in character with the work -
The head itself being well covered and of the enamel quality I speak of, the looseness of the rest only adds to the character of the little picture in its frame - giving it that "patina", that you and I both delight in! -
Now you know that I have full confidence in you - only I should like to be by and keep your clever fingers from picking at the paint!
Mind now I am only paying you a compliment - and can rely upon you to beautifully varnish this head of mine that I am very fond of - Frame it then perfectly - well up as we saw together, so that no uncovered canvas is seen - Paste round at the back that no dust gets in - and take it yourself to the Gallery early on the Wednesday morning - I want you to go yourself so that you may see to the exact placing and pitching of the picture - and then write and tell me how it looks in the room - [p. 3] Of course you will keep it out of its frame at your place as long as you can that it may dry without bloom -
Well you will write me about all this - on Wednesday -
Meanwhile you will have put in hand the two new frames (exactly same pattern and measurement) - In short I am sure that in your hands all will go as I wish it - and I shall not forget -
J McN. Whistler
Stephen Richards. Esq.
Picture Restorer to the Galleries of Great Britain
4. Berners Street
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / B / OC 7 / 95
[postmark on verso:] AXMINSTER / C / OC 7 / 95
1. [7 October 1895]
Dated from postmark.
Added in pencil in another hand.
6. Wednesday morning
5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895, which opened in October 1895.