Documents associated with: John, John Graver
Record 9 of 13
'Aug. 2nd 1894.'
33 FERRY AVENUE.
Dear Mr. Whistler;
I was much pleased to receive your recent letter, which came yesterday.
Let me thank you for the kindly remembrance and all that your letter contained. My visit to your Tite St. Studio and the kindness of yourself and Mrs. Whistler gave me lasting pleasure.
In about six weeks I shall leave America for a year's vacation; taking the Mediterranean route - Venice during October, Paris probably, during November.
After which, a tinge of Hollands winter - then India, and, if war does not prevent, Japan and home via San Francisco -
[p. 2] While in Paris I hope to see you and shall surely look you up - I am delighted to know that you have been doing some new pastels and lithographs, and that you have kindly forwarded two each of the latter for my friend Mr. Hecker and myself -
My collection of your work in lithography is a source of genuine delight to such of my visitors as I feel confident you would care to please - As for myself: it is hard to choose between the etchings, dry-points, lithographs pastels and "The Balcony" -
Yes, I am fortunate enough to possess three of your pastels - two single figures and a marvellous sketch of Venice from the sea at early evening - I trust you did finally conclude to send me the pastel mentioned in your letter - If not already [p. 3] shipped, why not start it so that, it will reach me before Sept. 15th?
Let the medium suit your own taste and mood - It will of course be charming - If pastel, what would you say to making it about 8 x 12? If oil, would 16 x 20 please you and would one, so important, be within my financial reach? Some day, I must have one of your marine nocturnes also. How beautiful the one brought over during the early summer for Mr. Johnson of Philadelphia!
With kindest regards to yourself and Mrs. Whistler,
Very sincerely yours -
Charles L. Freer.
August. 2. 1894.
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 16, pp. 93-95.
Written in another hand in pencil.
Whistler to Freer, from Paris, 18 July 1894.