The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881
Record 18 of 49

System Number: 09039
Date: [1 February 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Crawshay[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Call Number: Walter Brewster Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

[embossed roundel with head of Leonardo]


Dear Crawshay -

Your kind invitation I have only just had - having been absent from Wimp[o]le St[4] for the last day or two -

You must not expect me however, for we are all in great sadness because of the death of my Mother[5] - Forgive my writing more - but if you will look in at the Gallery[6] in Bond Street any afternoon it may be my good chance to see you as I sometimes am obliged to see after my affairs there -

Meanwhile with many thanks
Very sincerely Yours

J. A. McN. Whistler

28 Wimpole Street.

You require[7] no pass at the Gallery other than your own visiting card -

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1.  [1 February 1881]
Dated from references to the gallery and the death of Anna M. Whistler on 31 January 1881.

2.  Crawshay
Crawshay, a social acquiantance of JW. There was a Sydney Crawshay living at 52 Guilford Street, London, WC, and a Robert Thompson Crawshay, at 16 Berkeley Square, W, in 1881 (Kelly's Post Office Directory). See a reference to dining with Crawshay in a letter from JW, #13634.

3.  ALS
'8' is written in another hand at the top of p. 1.

4.  death of my Mother
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more]. This letter is written on paper with a black mourning border.

5.  Wimp[o]le Street
JW was staying with William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

6.  Gallery
JW's exhibition, Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881, opened on 29 January 1881.

7.  You require ... card
Written in the left-hand margin, at right-angles to the main text.