The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: [Exhibition], Société des XX (Vingt), Brussels, 1888
Record 6 of 18

System Number: 01823
Date: 23 January 1888
Author: Algernon Graves[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G188
Document Type: ALS



LONDON, Jan 23rd 1888

TO J M. Whistler Eq

Dear Sir

My father[2] thinks that before we go to the trouble of fetching, packing and lending our Miss Franklin[3] that you should first pay up a little more of your debt[4] say 35£ to balance the two smaller Nocturnes purchased of [sic] us in 1883 - when you paid 50£ on account of 85 - If you do this and would like to [p. 2] purchase the Miss Franklin, we would let you have it for 100£. to be added to what you at present owe, the whole to be covered by the Carlyle[5] - or we will lend the Franklin to Brussells [sic] ourselves which ever you prefer

I remain
Yours faithfully

A. Graves

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1.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

2.  My father
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more].

3.  Miss Franklin
Probably Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), exhibited at [Exhibition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1888.

4.  debt
According to a memorandum of December 1888 (#01827), JW paid £50 on account on 26 April 1883. The two Nocturnes may have been Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169) and Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

5.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). Graves had requested repeatedly over several years (#01805, #01808) that JW make a further payment on a loan secured on the 'Carlyle'. On 30 September 1878, Graves lent JW £120 (see A. Graves to JW, #01803). By 1881, JW owed the firm £300, a debt he reduced on 11 January with the payment of £50 towards the repurchase of the picture (see #01827 and receipt, #01801). On 29 September 1887, Graves received a further £30 but he had probably not received any further payment since then (see #01827).