The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1896
Record 1 of 4

System Number: 03627
Date: [October 1896/1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/33
Document Type: ALS[3]


Dear Mr. Brown -

I wish you would send round now and beg the Mr Dutton[4] (I think you said that is the name of your mount cutter) you spoke to me about, to come round to me this tomorrow morning between 12 and 1. o'clock -

It is [p. 2] rather pressing[5] about that water colour[6] I showed you -

All right about Mr & Mrs Peck[7]. But as you have been in communication direct - you had better write and say that I shall be able to receive them on Wednesday Saturday afternoon at half past 3 o'clock, and that I shall be very pleased to see them -

Very Sincerely

J McN Whistler

Mrs. Brown[8] & the pretty child[9] are coming to me on Thursday morning at 10 - -

That is all right - is n't it?

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Ernest Browne [sic]. Esq
The Fine Arts Society -
148. New Bond Street


1.  [October 1896/1897]
Dated from the mourning stationery, indicating a date after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and by the references to paintings (see below).

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  ALS
Written on deep-bordered mourning stationery.

4.  Mr Dutton
Dutton, mount-cutter at the Fine Art Society, London.

5.  pressing
Double underlined.

6.  watercolour
Possibly Rose and Silver: Portrait of Mrs Whibley (M.1415), exhibited at the 6th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1896, in November.

7.  Mr & Mrs Peck
Harold Stanton Peck (b. ca 1844), businessman, husband of Annah B. Peck [more], and Annah B. Peck (b. ca 1850), patron [more]. Their daughter, Marion Farquhar (b. ca 1872, m. 1897), née Peck [more], posed for Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).

8.  Mrs. Brown
Elsie Brown (d. 1943), wife of E. G. Brown [more].

9.  child
Helen ('Nellie'), daughter of the dealer, E. G. Brown [more]. Nellie was sitting for Rose and Gold: 'Pretty Nellie Brown' (YMSM 451) (see also JW to E. G. Brown, #03655.