The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures, and Photography, Dublin Sketching Club, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1884
Record 5 of 12

System Number: 10929
Date: [June/November 1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry Graves[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: f MS A 1412
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Graves -

You will [see] from the enclosed how the reputation of the Carlyle[3] is growing apace -

I might who knows even sell it in Dublin[4]! -

In any case will you send it to the address as per enclosed - W. B. Pearsall[5] is the name of the gentleman difficult to make out - but I have since had several other letters from him and Mr Lawless[6] - who tells me that they have again appealed to him begging that I [p. 2] will let them have both my Mother's picture[7] and the Carlyle - So will you send for a van tomorrow if possible as time presses - and the two paintings might go in one case if you think that better -

You see that of course they will pay all expenses and of this I am assured in their several letters -

I shall also send a lot of the little pictures[8] - though they had perhaps better go in a separate case -

Indeed I have half a mind to send the Sarasate[9] too - but of that I am not so sure - we will see -

Did you see in the papers the other day an account of the enthusiasm in Paris when he played at a concert? - They shouted out 'Bravo Espagnol', and the whole audience simply went mad over him! -

Very faith[full]y Yrs

J. McNeill Whistler

13. Tite Street -


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1.  [June/November 1884?]
Dated from exhibition references (see below).

2.  Henry Graves
This could be to Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more], or to his son, Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

3.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). The painting was eventually sold to the City of Glasgow in 1891.

4.  Dublin
Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures, and Photography, Dublin Sketching Club, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1884, which opened on 1 December 1884.

5.  W. B. Pearsall
William Booth Pearsall (1845-1913), dentist, Dublin exhibition organiser [more].

6.  Mr Lawless
Hon. Frederick Lawless (1847-1929), sculptor [more].

7.  Mother's picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

8.  little pictures
JW sent two large and twenty-four small oils and water-colours to Dublin, including figure studies such as Arrangement in Black: Reading (YMSM 224), seascapes such as Sea and Storm: Grey and Green (YMSM 283), and street-scenes such as Nocturne in grey and gold - Piccadilly (M.862), which was sold during the show.

9.  Sarasate
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more], posed for Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).