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System Number: 03515
Date: 13 December 1888
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robert Walker[1]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 7/49-50
Document Type: MsLd[2]


Dec. 13. 88

The Tower House

Dear Sir, -

Pray present my compliments to the Gentlemen of the Council of the Glasgow Institute. I should be very pleased to send the portrait of my mother[3] to their Exhibition[4] as they are good enough to wish request, if the following conditions can be fulfilled:- complied with:-

1st. That I have your promise that the picture shall be returned without fail in time for me to send it to the Paris International Exhibition[5], I cannot say exactly what may be the exact date for such sending, but you must undertake to return me the picture immediately upon receiving from me a letter or telegram requiring it, even should your Exhibition not be closed.

2nd. That you undertake its careful packing and sending from my house to the your Exhibition and its return in the same condition.

3rd. That you have it insured for one thousand pounds guineas against all righ risks from the time it leaves [p. 2] my house, until its return.

What you say about the interest caused by the Exhibition of "Carlyle"[6] is very gratifying, but "the good fruit" that it will bears has borne, is I fancy, not yet ready for eating.

I saw some letter in a paper[7] proposing its purchase, and a telegram to Mr Graves[8] was shown to me asking its price - but beyond that I have heard nothing further.

I should be much obliged to you, personally, personally, if you would kindly, send me any fur other letters upon the subject that may have been printed and kindly give me some account of what took really did take place.

Believe me,
Dear Sir,
With many thanks & apologies for the trouble I am giving you
Very faithfully yours

J. McNeill Whistler

To
Robert Walker Esq
Act - Secretary
Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Glasgow.
175 Sauchiehall St.
Glasgow


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Notes:

1.  Robert Walker
Robert Walker (ca 1841 - d.1900), Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts [more].

2.  MsLdS
Written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

3.  portrait of my mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

4.  Exhibition
28th Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1889.

5.  Paris International Exhibition
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889.

6.  Exhibition of "Carlyle"
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), which was bought by Glasgow Corporation in 1891.

7.  letter in a paper
Not identified.

8.  telegram to Mr Graves
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more].