The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingt), Brussels, 1886
Record 1 of 8

System Number: 07928
Date: [1/8 January 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Valerie Meux[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/26/1
Document Type: ALfS[3]

[...] Curiously enough when I received your note, I was on the point of writing to ask him kindly to lend the Portrait in Pink[4] for a most important International Exhibition in Brussels[5], in which I have been chosen as a representative of English Painting - and your pictures would be, above all others, delighted in Abroad - The one in black velvet[6], by the way, was, I may tell you, an immense success in Paris -

If I may have the pink picture, and I trust that Sir Henry[7] will let these works be seen abroad where they are understood and appreciated, will you kindly send me a line [p. 2] here, that enclosing an order to remove the picture from Park Lane that I may send it on at once, for there is no time to be lost -

The picture would be insured for a thousand. -

With kindest regards, and the best wishes for New Year to both,
Very Sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler -

[butterfly signature]

14. Barnoon Terrace. St Ives. Cornwall -

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1.  [1/8 January 1884]
Dated by address and sequence of letters.

2.  Valerie Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more]. Her note has not been located.

3.  ALfS
The beginning of the letter appears to be missing. The paper is a single sheet, folded in half, and most of the first page has been cut away.

4.  Portrait in Pink
Lady Meux did not lend Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229) on this occasion.

5.  International Exhibition in Brussels
[Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1886.

6.  one in black velvet
Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228) had been exhibited in 100th exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1882, although it was not considered 'quite finished' (see letter from H. Meux to JW, 27 April [1889], #04066).

7.  Sir Henry
Sir Henry Bruce Meux (1857-1900), 3rd Baronet, brewer and patron [more].