Documents associated with: Special Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists at Home and in Europe, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1881-1882
Record 3 of 4
System Number: 10916
Date: 19 June 
Recipient: Henry Graves
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: f MS A 1412
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS
13. Tite Street - Chelsea -
Dear Mr. Graves -
I am so pleased to hear of the safe return from America of my Mother's portrait - and take this occasion to thank you again for the kind courtesy you have shown about it - Will you kindly have it sent down to me here in the morning tomorrow if at all possible - as I am anxious to show it to some people who come in the afternoon - I had already spoken to Mr Algernon about it - Also I will send you very soon a [p. 2] cheque on account of the two Nocturnes you were so good as to send -
With many thanks
Very truly yours
J. McNeill Whistler.
Monday June 19th - '1882'
1. 19 June 
The almanac confirms that 19 June was a Monday in 1882, which is the year added in another hand at the end of the letter.
'1882' written in another hand at end of letter, beside date.
4. Mother's portrait
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) was one of two pictures deposited by Howell as security on a loan of £100 from Graves (A. Graves to JW, 9 September 1878, #01797). It had been on show at Special Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists at Home and in Europe, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1881-1882, and 5th Annual Exhibition, Society of American Artists, New York, 1882. A. J. Eddy said 'on good authority' that it was offered for sale in New York at $1200 and found no buyer (Eddy, Arthur Jerome, Recollections and Impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler, Philadelphia and London, 1903, p. 54).
6. two Nocturnes
Possibly including Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169). It is not absolutely certain which Nocturnes were pawned to Graves, as security of a loan of £85. This was not repaid for at least a decade, according to Graves' account sent to JW in December 1888 (Graves to JW, #01827).