Documents associated with: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894
Record 6 of 19
System Number: 02903
Date: [16 January 1894]
Recipient: Stephen Richards
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 17/11
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac Paris
Dear Mr Richards -
I was very pleased to hear from you and to find that every thing is so brilliant with you! - Write me a line to tell me how my two sea pieces took the varnish and how they looked when you had put them again in their frames - Now I want you to go at once tomorrow morning and bring away from the Grafton Gallery a smaller painting of mine that they have placed upon an easel - It is called "Blue & Violet - Among the Rollers" - I have [p. 2] written to Mr Prange to tell him that you would take it - Bring it home and if you think it dry enough, give it a rapid and even coat of varnish - for I know it would be much more brilliant with it - But this is what I want you to understand - I painted the panel out in the full sea - and some of the spray got upon it - and the salt made it a very long time in drying - and the last time I examined it - some two or three months ago, the surface seemed to me still sticky - so that I did not touch it, & it has never been varnished[.]
Dont rub it in any way - Perhaps you might gently wash it with a little beer in a soft brush - and that might take off any salt - I would dry it over hot air - only I fear the panel would warp - However you know all these things and in your hands I know I am perfectly safe - Therefore I say, if possible, varnish it - Then put it nicely back in the frame with the little board at its back, & paste it in, and take it to the Gallery all right - the same evening - so that it may be in time for the Press View.
Write me a line to tell me how you got on, and how it looks -
With my best wishes for your continued success,
J McN Whistler
Mr Stephen Richards
4. Berners Street
[stamp:] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 10 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / E1¦ 16 / JANV / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - W / V7 / JA 17 / 94
1. [16 January 1894]
Dated from the postmark.
Published in Gallatin, Albert Eugene, Whistler's Art Dicta and Other Essays, Boston, 1904, and Thorp, Nigel (Editor), Whistler on Art: Selected Letters and Writings 1849-1903 of James McNeill Whistler, Manchester, 1994, and Washington, 1995, no. 54.
4. two sea pieces
These were Dark Blue and Silver (YMSM 412) and Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413), exhibited in Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894. Both had been painted in Brittany in September 1893; see JW's earlier letter regarding the varnishing of theser pictures (JW to Richards, [9 January 1894], #10719).
7. with the little ... Press View.
'with the little ... Press View.' is written in the right margin at right angles to the main text.
8. Write me a ... Whistler
'Write me a ... Whistler' is written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.