The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892
Record 19 of 215

System Number: 07580
Date: [15/28 February 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Rachel Agnes Alexander[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: British Museum, London
Call Number: Department of Prints and Drawings, 1958-2-8-28
Document Type: ALS

33. Rue de Tournon. Paris

Dear Mrs Alexander -

How very exceedingly kind and nice of you to have taken so much trouble[3] for me! -

I am highly gratified and very grateful - and fancy that I may be enabled to do what I wish to accomplish with what you have sent me -

These "inanities" you must remember really represent the true opinion of a People - and I believe I rarely forget -

Also[4] it is but right that the young lady[5], as will her Painter, should have her revenge -

Grau[6] has had orders to thoroughly [p. 2] clean and regild the frame - and after wards, if you wish it, I will with great pleasure repaint the ornament upon it -

The picture[7] itself ought to have a fine photograph one of these days - and on my return I must talk to you about it -

I do wish you would persuade Mr Alexander[8] to have one of the new frames for the Nocturne[9] - it would cost very little - Grau's charges are very moderate - and you have no idea, (unless you have seen Mr Graham Robertson's[10] "Valparaiso[11]" -) how greatly it adds to the picture's "state"!

Mr Robertson would be delighted to show you his picture - do go and see it -

23. Rutland Gate -

With kindest regards and a thousand thanks,
Always sincerely Yours

J McN. Whistler

Do kindly tell me by return of post, if the enclosed on page with illustration, is an Extract from "The Artist"[12]? That is what you seem to say on the next page - for the quotation under it is evidently from the Standard -

Again forgive this continued trouble!

Have you nothing from the Times?

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1.  [15/28 February 1892]
Dated from reference to arrangements for Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

2.  Rachel Agnes Alexander
Rachel Agnes Alexander (b. ca 1837, m. 1861), née Lucas, wife of W. C. Alexander [more].

3.  trouble
Mrs Alexander was sending JW press-cuttings for inclusion in the catalogue of the Goupil exhibition.

4.  Also
Added in lower left corner.

5.  lady
Cicely Henrietta Alexander (1864-1932), later Mrs Spring Rice [more].

6.  Grau
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].

7.  picture
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

8.  Mr Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more]. See also JW's letter to him, #07575.

9.  Nocturne
Possibly Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103).

10.  Graham Robertson's
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

11.  Valparaiso
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73).

12.  "The Artist"
Not located.