The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892
Record 4 of 8

System Number: 05134
Date: 28 June 1892
Author: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R33
Document Type: ALS



28th June 1892.

Dear Mr Whistler.

To please myself as I said I would never have lent my "Princesse[2]"[.] That it has pleased you as I said goes a long way to compensate me for the want of her companionship.

I am sorry you take the price so to heart. The poor fellow who wrote lines you refer to did it I think in quite good faith & thought he was doing well "mais qu'est ce que tout cela vous importe[3]"

The "Brodequin jaune[4]" I would like to have (as indeed anything from your master's hand) but malheureusement my capital is not equalled by my enthusiasm.

On consideration I would [p. 2] prefer to buy the picture right out & I could not afford to pay more than say £600. This sum I am willing to give. In any case I daresay you will forgive me if I have been too bold.

Regarding the Lithographs. I expected to have a lot more to order but things have dragged a little.

Those I want are - 15 in all. I have not Titles but describe them so that I think you will understand me.

Of the lady with bonnet (Ellen Terry[5]?) I want 6.

Of the Nude[6] Reading - girl

Of the figure[7] with drapery in the form of a Harp.

of the female figure[8] draped examining a pot of which the position of one of the legs has been changed     1 (in all[9] 15)

Awaiting[10] the favour of hearing from you & with compliments to Mrs Whistler[11]

yours faithfully.

Alex Reid.

Send the lithos & I shall send you cheque on receipt.

A R.

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

2.  Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50) was on show at 2nd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892.

3.  mais qu'est ce que tout cela vous importe
Fr., but what does all that matter to you?

4.  Brodequin jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

5.  Ellen Terry
Ellen Terry (1847-1928), actress [more]. No lithograph, as far as is known, showed her. Bonnets are conspicuous in Reading (C.17) and Study (C.3).

6.  Nude
The Little Nude Model, Reading (C.33).

7.  figure
Possibly The Dancing Girl (C.29).

8.  female figure
Possibly The Horoscope (C.30).

9.  in all
Double underlined.

10.  Awaiting
The remaining text is written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.

11.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].