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 13 of 215

System Number: 10825
Date: [14 January 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Frederick Jameson[2]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1013
Document Type: Ms/TLc



My dear Fred -

We never see each other - and I am sorry for it - You have chosen the country, which, you know, is to me inaccessible - But why, when you come to town, which now and then you must do for fresh air, - why on those occasions do you not look me up? -

Now of course I want you to do something! -

First I must tell you that I have been greatly pleased to hear through Joe Wallace[3] that you are always fond of the little Trouville[4] Nocturne, or rather Crepuscule - Well, I long to see it again - I want you to lend it to me, that I may see that it is in perfect condition - and then I want you to let me have it framed in one of my newly composed frames. They are very beautiful - and your picture will gain five times in stateliness - as I am happy to know it has gained at least ten times in value - The frame will cost you very little - and then I want the picture for an exhibition I am to have this spring - at Goupil's[5] - in March -

Write me a line and say that all this shall be. I am off to Paris meanwhile in a day or two - You have heard all about the Luxembourg[6], I daresay.

With very best wishes to yourself and Mrs. Jameson[7],
Always, my dear Fred, yours sincerely,

[butterfly signature]

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[postmark:] Jan. 14th./92


1.  [14 January 1892]
The date was copied in an unknown hand, probably from a postmark.

2.  Frederick Jameson
Frederick Jameson (1839-1916), architect and musician [more].

3.  Joe Wallace
Joseph Wallace, a neighbour of the widowed Mrs M. W. Ridley.

4.  Trouville
Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66), which may have been exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 37) as 'Blue and Silver' (see also Blue and Silver (YMSM 340)). JW wrote again, after Jameson agreed to lend, on 29 January 1892, #10826.

5.  Goupil's
Art dealers in London. The show opened on 16 March.

6.  Luxembourg
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) had been bought by the French government and hung in the Musée du Luxembourg.

7.  Mrs. Jameson
Ellen Jameson (b. ca 1846), wife of the architect, F. Jameson [more].