The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd [Exhibition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1893
Record 8 of 11

System Number: 03210
Date: [30 April 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 228
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[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

Sunday -

Dear Mr Reid -

Very many thanks for the care and trouble you have taken -

However I have not sent the pastels to the Champs de Mars[4] after all -

I decided finally not to send anything this time - and the pastels would have been too little - and at the same time too much by themselves! -

I shall have to borrow [p. 2] them again - Meanwhile I am delighted to see them again - and I think I may add a touch or two by way of thanking their owners[5] for their courtesy -

I am busy - and one of these days, may show you something "de très amusant[6]" as they say - rather carelessly here -

A bientot -

[butterfly signature]

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Alexander Reid - Esq.
Société des Beaux Arts -
227. West George Street -
Glasgow -
[stamp, illegible]
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 2E 1 / MAI / 93
[postmark on verso:] GLASGOW / 159 / 2 W / MY 2 / 93


1.  [30 April 1893]
Dated by reference to 'Sunday', and from postmark.

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

3.  MsLc
A copy of this letter in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], is in GUL Whistler LB 4/50/2-51/1.

4.  pastels ... Mars
The Shell (M.1291) and possibly Mother and child (M.1288); neither were exhibited in 1893.

5.  owners
Possibly James Carfrae Alston (1835-1913), collector[more], and William Burrell (1861-1958), ship-owner and collector [more], who bought these pastels at some time in the 1890s.

6.  de très amusant
Fr., very amusing.