The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 33 of 37

System Number: 03225
Date: [5 January 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 224
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]


Dear Mr Reid -

Many thanks for your note[4] - I am so glad to know that the "Furred Jacket[5]" has at last turned up all right - and I am of course greatly relieved to know that it is all right about Chicago[6] - You will send the three pictures in plenty of time for Bourlet[7] so that I shall be without further anxiety - [p. 2] I have seen Jacomb Hood[8] - & I think he will lend you the Leyland[9] willingly if you write at once & ask him -

About Your proposal to buy the Furred Jacket outright, my idea is that you will have no difficulty in selling this picture, which you know has its reputation! - (I have just received the 1st Gold Medal for it from Munich[10]) - for something more like 2000 gs. than your earlier and sadder view of its value - and really I prefer being in this sort of good thing with you -

[p. 3] Do you know that the Little Nocturne "Falling Rocket[11]" I sold the other day for 800gs! - and the little "Balcony[12]" for 1000? -

The Whistlers are not going down? -

Write to Paris - 110 Rue du Bac -

With best wishes
Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

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Alexander Reid - Esq
Société des Beaux Arts
West George Street
[stamp, illegible]
[postmark:] LONDON. W / [...] / JA 5 / 93

[on verso flap:] LONG'S HOTEL.

[postmark on verso:] GLASGOW / 159 / [...] / JA 5 / 93


1.  [5 January 1893]
Dated from postmark.

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

3.  ALS
A copy in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], is in GUL Whistler LB 4/63.

4.  note

5.  Furred Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

6.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

7.  Bourlet
James Bourlet (b. ca 1852), art dealer, of Bourlet and Sons, Ltd [more].

8.  Jacomb Hood
George Percy Jacomb Hood (1857-1929), genre painter and graver [more].

9.  Munich
At 6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.

10.  Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) was bought by Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

11.  Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

12.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].