Documents associated with: 4th [Exhibition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894
Record 7 of 35
System Number: 13510
Date: [3 March 1894]
Recipient: Alexander Reid
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 239
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac. Paris -
I am so awfully busy! - Scarcely time for this short answer to your letter now I am afraid a couple of weeks old -
Mr Gerald Potter (about whom you asked,) one of the Art Patron picture dealers has just sold the Little White Girl & the Nocturne "Blue & Silver, Cremorne Lights", for fourteen hundred pounds in a lump - He was asking £1200 for the "Little White Girl" by itself - but one man brought the two pictures down, offering £1000 for the Little White Girl alone or £1400 for both. - (Your 400. wasnt in it.)
So you see the Whistlers are daily looking up - and these works which the people were forbidden to buy from me by Mr Ruskin, Mr B. Jones & the Attorney Genl of England, are bringing thousands to the pedling [sic] scoundrels who, in the guise of Protectors of Art (!) are making incomes and taking their [families] [p. 2] to the Engardine on my labour - my brain - my name! -
Mr Potter gave me £150. for the little White Girl - or perhaps only 100 - I forget - for the Nocturne fifty - or may be thirty - - Good business -
However that sort of thing is nearly over - Most of that lot are pretty well gone out of the Country - thank the Lord! - Why do you know that at least seventeen of these Whistlers have been sold since I have been here - the mass of these since my Exhibition - and most of these gone away for ever! - So that's all right! - There are only three or four left in London now - and those belong to men who won't sell - Mr Alexander - Louis Huth - Lord Battersea - Graham Robertson - -
I have still the two you know - and now is your time to buy the "Fire Wheel" for £1000 - it will soon be twelve hundred - & then fifteen. - It is looking splendid!
I must rush off to my work -
I cannot think of any Exhibition but the Salon at present -
J McN. Whistler
1. [3 March 1894]
Dated by reference to other correspondence, and the Salon.
5. Mr Gerald Potter
John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more]. Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115), were bought by Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more], in 1893 for £1400.
7. Mr Ruskin...
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]; Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more], who testifed at the libel trial for Ruskin; and Sir John Holker (1828-1882), Attorney General, counsel for John Ruskin [more].
8. to the Engardine
San Moritz was the chief spa and holiday resort in this, the Swiss portion of the In Valley.
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
10. Mr Alexander...
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more]; Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more]; Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more]; and Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].
4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894.