The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 8th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1901
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System Number: 03193
Date: [10 July 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: Munich
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 47
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]



My dear Freer -

I am looking forward with such pleasure to seeing you! -

And there are endless things to impart, - And letters are so impossible - excepting always that I was delighted to get your own -

I felt though that you were again slipping through my [p. 2] fingers - and escaping to America without the two or three weeks' quiet in which to go together over what I fancy interesting in both studios since last we met - Besides I have my plan! and hurry is an abomination - -

Now you who are making for yourself beautiful places and filling them with things rare and chosen, must know this better than the racing ones of Chicago! of whose mad existence I have been [p. 3] reading - and you will put off your return - changing from one steamer to another at your own pleasant will - until we two shall have talked together at our ease, &, to our exceeding satisfaction, as becomes those of our distinction, for whom breathless words of greeting & parting should scarcely be mingled over the same shaking of hands! - -

The little Lady Sophie[4] is holding her Court in all honour in Munich for the moment - and the pastels and proofs[5] are all safe with me - waiting for the exhibition [p. 4] Brown Shipley[6] have not as yet had your address or I would have wired before now -

They tell me though that they expect you here any day - Excellent!

Let me hear from you directly you get this -

Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]

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'Answerd July 21st Dresden[7]'

Charles L. Freer Esq.
care of Messrs Brown Shipley & Co.
Pall Mall -
Grand Hotel Continental

from J McNeill Whistler

[postmark:] [illegible] / JY 10 / 01
[postmark on verso:] [illegible] / 12 / JUL / [VOD 5-8?] / 01

[stamp on verso:] 'IF NOT CALLED FOR IN 30 DAYS / RETURN TO / BROWN, SHIPLEY AND CO., / [illegible] / 123 PALL MALL, LONDON, SW.


1.  10 July 1901
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more]. He had written to JW from Capri on 20 June 1901, #01523.

3.  ALS
Published by Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 49, pp. 145-146. 'No. 6' and '53' are written on the envelope in unknown hands.

4.  little Lady Sophie
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504), on exhibition at 8th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1901, and bought by Freer in 1902.

5.  pastels and proofs
JW had proposed to hold an exhibition of his work, and Freer lent etchings and pastels, but the show never materialised.

6.  Brown Shipley
Brown, Shipley and Co., merchants.

7.  Answerd July 21st Dresden
Added in Freer's hand. See his reply, #01524.