The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889
Record 21 of 62

System Number: 00554
Date: [1/8 April 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: John Cavafy[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C55
Document Type: ALdS


Dear Mr. Cavafy -

It was good of you to lend me "the Balcony[3]." - I have however to been thinking that instead of continually asking for their loan I might perhaps try, by degrees, to buy back some of my early pictures little pictures - as they I [sic] would therefore were all moderate in price -

Taking into consideration at the same time the possible increase in value I know I must give more than I received for them -

I therefore would propose to offer you £180. for the two pictures the Westminster Bridge[4], and the Balcony -

I was paid 30thirty guineas apiece -

Will you kindly let me knowhear from you on this subject -

and believe me -
Yours truly

J McN Whistler

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1.  [1/8 April 1889?]
This is one of two drafts of #03552 written on this sheet of paper (see #00555).

2.  John Cavafy
Dr John Cavafy (ca 1839-1901), physician and collector, son of G. J. Cavafy [more]. He had written refusing to lend more pictures to JW on 22 March 1889 (#00553).

3.  the Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), which he had lent to Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889.

4.  Westminster Bridge
The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39).