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System Number: 04197
Date: 22 June 1893
Author: Andrew Muir[1]
Place: Hambledon
Recipient: Goupil and Co.[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M467
Document Type: ALS


BRYONY HILL,
HAMBLEDON,
GODALMING.

STATION - WITLEY, L. & S. W. R.
TELEGRAMS - WITLEY, SURREY

June 22 - 1893,

Messrs Boussod Valadon & Cy

Dear Sirs,

The two pastels[3] were bought by me from the Fine Art Socy and formed part of a special exhibition[4] of Mr Whistler's Venetian pastels made after his return from Venice. They were bought in the room of the exhibition soon after it opened, and were sent straight from the exhibition to my house. They have never been out of my keeping for a single hour, and I think Mr Whistler must be mistaken in thinking that parts of [p. 2] the pastel are not by him[.] The Fine Art Society will no doubt corroborate this statement.

I am
Dear sirs,
Yours faithfully

Andrew Muir

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
23 JUN. 93
SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.


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Notes:

1.  Andrew Muir
Andrew Muir (ca 1837-1900?), Russia merchant and collector [more].

2.  Goupil and Co.
Firm of art dealers. Its manager was David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  two pastels
Venice (M.824). The second pastel has not been clearly identified (see Venice (M.824)). JW had commented to Thomson that the pastel was not one that had been exhibited at the F. A. S. and that it had been 'touched up by somebody else' (#08244). Muir argued the exact opposite. See also D. C. Thomson to JW, #05782, #05785; JW to Thomson, #08243, #08252.

4.  exhibition
Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881.