The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887
Record 2 of 9

System Number: 03634
Date: [1886/1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/4
Document Type: ALS

'see colour chart'[3]

Here is what I promised -

and in turn write me a line to say that you have absolutely [done] as I wished, and managed the matter in the north[4] in your very best manner -

If well done you will have produced an effect and the people will have bought something more [p. 2] even than they intended -

[butterfly signature]

What is not bought I want back you know at once.

Here is list of colors -

[p. 3] Distemper - First one coat of light grey
(made of simple white wash and a little Ivory[5] black - not
the vegetable black of the trade - with a very little yellow ochre)
over ceiling and walls - strongly sized -

Walls { Now the apple green - Distemper[6] -
  &   { light Lemon chrome - Yellow [Ochre?] Antwerp blue
Ceiling {toned slightly with Yellow Ochre, & Raw Sienna

Skirting {Oil    Lemon Chrome - Middle Chrome light. Yellow ochre
   &   {
All Woodwork {      Raw Sienna

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1.  [1886/1887?]
Dated by butterfly signature.

2.  Ernest G. Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  'see colour chart'
Written at top left in another hand. The colour chart is Colour scheme for a lavatory (M.1104).

4.  the matter in the north
Both the date of the letter and the 'matter' are unclear, but the reference could possibly be to Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887. If that is not far enough north, it might concern sales of prints to Craibe Angus and Son in Glasgow. A similar reference appears in another letter to E. G. Brown, #03636.

5.  ivory
'Ivory' was underlined three times, and 'not', four.

6.  Distemper
'Distemper', 'oil' and 'light' in this section are all double underlined.