Documents associated with: [Exhibition of watercolours, pastels and etchings belonging to C. L. Freer], Grolier Club, New York, 1890
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System Number: 01501
Date: 28 April 1890
Author: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F433
Document Type: ALS
PENINSULAR CAR CO.
April 28th 1890
My dear Mr. Whistler.
An evening or two ago my business partner and particular friend Mr. Frank J. Hecker, of this City, spent several hours at my home enjoying my portfolios of your work. Many of them he had seen before, but the Amsterdam plates were of course new to him. They completely [p. 2] charmed him and he requested me to if possible, secure copies for him of all those I have - viz:-
Guineas • 1 Pierrot 15 • 2 Long House (The Dyers) 12 • 3 Zaandam 10. • 4 Steps - 12. • 5 The Mill 12 • 6 The Square House 12 • 7 The Dance House (Nocturne) 15 • 8 The Balcony 15 • 9 The Little Drawbridge 10 • 10 The Bridge 12
During our recent conversation you will perhaps remember that I expressed a desire hereafter to purchase your work direct from yourself - To this you [p. 3] kindly assented - Such an arrangement should be mutually advantageous -
Now then, will you be good enough to send me the ten prints herein before named by book post - they will come through safely if put between heavy card boards - and addressed -
Mr. Charles L. Freer.
77 Alfred St.
U. S. A.
By the way, I have just received word from N. Y. of the arrival there of another new etching by you entitled "The Lace Curtain" will you be so kind as to send me one; choosing a good impression and writing my name on the back - also kindly send proofs for me of any more new plates you may have made since I was at [p. 4] your studio - I presume Mr Mansfield has written you about the charming Exhibition of your work recently made at the Grolier Club in New York - All ten of the
plates prints herein named were shown - Also that delightful pastel which you kindly let me have - Many N. Y. artists attended the exhibition and were particularly delighted with your latest work -
With cordial greetings to Mrs. Whistler, I remain
Charles L. Freer.
P. S. Kindly send me bill for etchings as soon as forwarded and I will at once remit draft on London -
Envelope:PENINSULAR CAR CO.
Mr. James McNeill Whistler.
Tite St -
[stamp:] UNITED STATES POSTAGE / ONE CENT
[stamp:] UNITED STATES POSTAGE / 4 / FOUR CENTS / 4
[postmark:] DETROIT - [MI]CH / APR29 / 12 M / 90
[postmark on verso:] NEW Y[ORK] / APR30 / [90?]
[postmark on verso:] CHELSEA. S. O. / S. W. / MY [...] / 
1. Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more]. Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 2, pp. 67-69.
[Exhibition of watercolours, pastels and etchings belonging to C. L. Freer], Grolier Club, New York, 1890.
16. Grolier Club
A club for printmakers and connoisseurs, which held - and still holds - important exhibitions of prints.