Documents associated with: Loan Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1894
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33 FERRY AVENUE.
January 9th 1894.
My dear Mr. Whistler,
This will doubtless seem to you a very late hour for me to mention the Worlds Fair of 1893. But accepting the old adage of better late than never I now want to thank you for the very great pleasure I received from your paintings and etchings then shown - The Yellow Buskin, The Fur Jacket and Nocturne, Valparaiso seemed supremely fine - Of the etchings and dry points and their selection, arrangement and location too much favorably cannot be said -
Your work of course, completely overshadowed everything in the Fine Arts Department, and gave pleasure and inspiration to many more people than you imagine - The management was extremely anxious to have me send The Balcony and I wish now that I had done so - But at the time pictures were being gathered together for the Fair, The Balcony had just returned [p. 2] from the opening exhibition of the new building of the Society of American Artists, where the wood panel had checked considerably, and I was afraid of similar danger - dampness - in the building at Chicago - Time proved however, that the fine arts building at Chicago was perfectly safe. I had nine other paintings there besides some prints and all were returned unharmed. I was happy to receive from you, through Mr. Kennedy, the charming little proof of the engraving of The Balcony: accept please my best thanks.
What shall I say concerning the delightful set of photographs of your paintings which you have caused to be issued? And also those wonderful lithographs recently received - Well, I presume so much has already been said in their praise that further comments coming from me might seem to you presumpt[u]ous, so I will simply say thank you, for the delight they have given my friends and myself -
When am I
to to have impressions from your retouched Venetian plates and the new French plates on which I hear you have [p. 3] been recently working - You are reserving selected impressions from all of these plates for me I trust -
As I told you in London I have so much trouble to get satisfactory proofs from the dealers, I would greatly prefer to purchase direct from you, and you can depend upon my taking at least one impression of each of your etchings, dry points and lithographs - Will it trouble you too much to select and forward to me accordingly?
Life, in Paris, I hope proves very agreeable to both Mrs Whistler and yourself and you are both enjoying good health, I trust, with cordial greetings,
Charles L. Freer.
James McNeil Whistler, Esq -
P. S. Please note change of address to my new residence 33 Ferry Avenue - instead of the old 77 Alfred St.
C. L. F.
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 14, pp. 89-91.
3. Worlds Fair
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
4. Yellow Buskin...
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) was exhibited in Chicago in 1893 as 'The Lady with the Yellow Buskin'; Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181); Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).
8. set of photographs
Mounted and signed photographs of JW's paintings, mostly those exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.