The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892
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System Number: 05133
Date: 16 June 1892
Author: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R32
Document Type: ALS



16th June 1892

Dear Mr Whistler.

I need not say the "Princesse[2]" has been the admired of all here (of the Artistic all I mean) & has won for you the enthusiastic advocacy of not a few whom the Carlyle[3] impressed but failed to cheer.

I have been revelling in the honour & glory of showing the picture but am rudely interrupted by Mr Prange[4] requesting it for the Portrait Soc:

Mr Prange's hopes would certainly have received a douche had he not sent me this morning your telegram. The only thing left for me is to pose as a martyr, [p. 2] & to note that the portrait Society are very much my debtors:

At present my tastes are decid[ed]ly Whistlerian & the Princesse has not sickened me a bit.

What about the "Lady Archibald[5]" - is she still to the fore but I daresay she will stand too much on her dignity to go for an "old song"

Br[i]ef I would not mind entering into the same arrangement about her as I did about the "Fur Cloak[6]" were such a scheme agreable, to the distinguished painter (& owner.).

The favour of Mr Whistler's reply would greatly oblige his devoué

Alex Reid,

I wrote to Potter Palmer[7] Brown's hotel Paris but my letter came back "not found"

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1.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter, #03203.

2.  Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

3.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

4.  Mr Prange
Francis Gerard Prange (b. ca 1843), London art dealer [more], who had written to JW about 2nd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892.

5.  Lady Archibald
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

6.  Fur Cloak
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

7.  Potter Palmer
Potter Palmer (1826-1902), collector [more].