The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893-1894
Record 2 of 7

System Number: 03248
Date: [3 December 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 234
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]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Dear Mr Reid -

I suppose things are pretty bad just now - However - about the lithographs never mind - you know I always send you up the new proof whatever it may be - so thats all right - Only now I want you to send these back to me here - for I am being asked for them - they are wanted at once[4] and it is such a deuce of a bother waiting while [p. 2] they are being printed - and I am out of the first lot -

As to the studio - Yes there are plenty of things going on there! and some perhaps what you may mean by "important" - Still I dont know - What do you want? and what would you propose about "The Little White Girl[5]", now that things are bad! - The owner[6] you know wants a jolly good price - or he might have sold the picture to the Munich Gallery[7] -

I am glad the 3 pictures are in Philadelphia[8] - and, as you say, I should think one at least ought to stay there - Dont you know any body over there? -

With kindest regards

J McN Whistler

Don't roll the proofs - but send them nice & flat as I did -

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Alexander Reid Esq
Société des Beaux Arts
227 West George Street
[stamp, illegible]
[postmark:] PARIS - [80?] / R. DU BAC / 8E 3 / DEC / 93
[postmark on verso:] GLASGOW / [159?] / [...] / DE 5 / 93


1.  [3 December 1893]
Dated by postmark.

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

3.  ALS
A copy in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], is in GUL Whistler LB 4/81.

4.  at once
Double underlined.

5.  The Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

6.  owner
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

7.  Munich Gallery
6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.

8.  3 pictures are in Philadelphia
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), on show at 63rd Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893-1894. The latter was eventually bought by John Graver Johnson (1841-1917), lawyer and collector [more], and passed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.