The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893
Record 17 of 113

System Number: 05140
Date: 17 August 1892
Author: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R39
Document Type: ALS



17th Aug 1892 -

Dear Mr Whistler.

I have just got back from Arran (where I had Mr Collie[2] spending a few days with me) & find your letter awaiting me. You rather mistake your my meaning I think.

It is not at all impossible for me to send you the balance & I therefore herewith enclose it. What I meant was that possibly you simply were going to put the amount in to your Bankers hands & draw from it as you required it in which case it would have been just as easy to draw from me. I would have [p. 2] been quite willing to enter into your alternate arrangement only I think the chances of sale within the next few months almost nil in fact I do not intend showing the picture before October at soonest. I had already seen your correspondence in the National Observer[3]

Poor Mr B.  K[4] must feel as charmingly small as he looks

I trust our relations may never change so far that I have to come under the lash of your pen. They certainly deserve it all but what do you intend about Chicago[5]? Is there to be a "Whistler section[6]"?

*Kindly ask those Bond St gentlemen[7] who are aiming to do you the honour of showing your pictures without risking any thing but their reputations, to forward the "Brodequin[8]" to me at once.

& with kindest regards to yourself & Mrs Whistler[9], believe me
Yours Sincerely

Alex Reid.

'* I have[10] sent the necessary orders.'

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

2.  Mr Collie
Arthur Leslie Collie (ca 1834-1905), sculptor and 'art decorator' [more].

3.  National Observer
See Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to J. W. Beck], The National Observer: A Record and Review, no. 195, (new series), vol. 8, 13 August 1892, p. 326.

4.  Mr B.  K
John W. Beck (fl. 1861-1895), landscape painter [more].

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

6.  Whistler section
Double underlined.

7.  Bond St gentlemen
The Goupil Gallery, London dealers.

8.  Brodequin
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

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

10.  * I have
This sentence in the left margin is in JW's hand.