Documents associated with: 8th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1901
Record 1 of 5
System Number: 03193
Date: [10 July 1901]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 47
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS
My dear Freer -
I am looking forward with such pleasure to seeing you! -
And there are endless things to impart, - And letters are so impossible - excepting always that I was delighted to get your own -
I felt though that you were again slipping through my [p. 2] fingers - and escaping to America without the two or three weeks' quiet in which to go together over what I fancy interesting in both studios since last we met - Besides I have my plan! and hurry is an abomination - -
Now you who are making for yourself beautiful places and filling them with things rare and chosen, must know this better than the racing ones of Chicago! of whose mad existence I have been [p. 3] reading - and you will put off your return - changing from one steamer to another at your own pleasant will - until we two shall have talked together at our ease, &, to our exceeding satisfaction, as becomes those of our distinction, for whom breathless words of greeting & parting should scarcely be mingled over the same shaking of hands! - -
The little Lady Sophie is holding her Court in all honour in Munich for the moment - and the pastels and proofs are all safe with me - waiting for the exhibition [p. 4] Brown Shipley have not as yet had your address or I would have wired before now -
They tell me though that they expect you here any day - Excellent!
Let me hear from you directly you get this -
'Answerd July 21st Dresden'To
Charles L. Freer Esq.
Grand Hotel Continental
from J McNeill Whistler[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE /
[postmark:] [illegible] / JY 10 / 01
[postmark on verso:] [illegible] / 12 / JUL / [VOD 5-8?] / 01
[stamp on verso:] 'IF NOT CALLED FOR IN 30 DAYS / RETURN TO / BROWN, SHIPLEY AND CO., / [illegible] / 123 PALL MALL, LONDON, SW.
1. 10 July 1901
Dated from the postmark.
Published by Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 49, pp. 145-146. 'No. 6' and '53' are written on the envelope in unknown hands.
5. pastels and proofs
JW had proposed to hold an exhibition of his work, and Freer lent etchings and pastels, but the show never materialised.
6. Brown Shipley
Brown, Shipley and Co., merchants.