The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874
Record 4 of 71

System Number: 00138
Date: 21 December 1872
Author: William Cleverly Alexander[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A137
Document Type: ALS


21st Decr 72.

My dear Whistler,

I enclose notes for £50 - in £5 - nos - 56437-46 16th Octr 72 ammunition which will keep your enemies off. Cissy[2] gives her opinion of the portrait[3] in very flattering terms - From the place where she stands it looks a daub but when she stands opposite to it[,] it is very [p. 2] pretty and I shall soon have two Cissys - A very few more sittings will I suppose bring completion to what will I am sure be a most charming work - and one which must add to your fame - The Fowler head[4] is I hear far advanced[,] another blow to the enemy

I have had casts made from some of the panels[5] in my wood cabinet & propose if you care to give you some

Yours sincerely

W. C. Alexander

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1.  William Cleverly Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

2.  Cissy
Cicely Henrietta Alexander (1864-1932), later Mrs Spring Rice [more].

3.  portrait
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129). After over seventy sittings, it was finally exhibited in Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874.

4.  Fowler head
No such portrait has been recorded.

5.  panels
There is no record of such casts in JW's collection.