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System Number: 00459
Date: 9 March 1899
Author: William Burrell[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B239
Document Type: ALS


[Crest with arm and laurel, with motto:] SUB LIBERTATE QUIETEM

54 George Square
Glasgow

Dear Miss Birnie-Philip

I am sorry I have not been able to reply sooner to your letter of 2nd instant as I have been from home for some time. The little water colour[3] [p. 2] called "Convalescent" is an upright picture about 9 inches by 6 inches. The subject is a girl reading in bed - At the bedside in the foreground is a little wicker table with some plates and a tall jug or water bottle on it. The signature is the butterfly in the left hand [p. 3] corner - It is very large and to my mind rather looser than Mr Whistler generally signs. At the back - on the other side of the bed - is a skirt hanging up - and along a bit is the fireplace. The picture belongs - as the Catalogue I have sent you shews - to Dr McIntyre[4] inof Glasgow and I hear that it formerly belonged to a friend [p. 4] of his a throat Doctor Specialist in London. Dr Lennox Browne[5] I think I can't draw at all but have scribbled down the picture as well as I could & send it enclosed. I hope Mr Whistler wont laugh at it too much. It may give him an idea of what I have tried to describe

Yours sincerely

Wm Burrell

9th March 1899.

I have sent Catalogue - marked page 61


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Notes:

1.  William Burrell
William Burrell (1861-1958), ship-owner and collector [more].

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. Her letter has not been located.

3.  water colour
Convalescent or Petit Déjeuner; note in opal (M.903), on exhibition at 38th Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1899. Burrell's drawing of it is missing.

4.  Dr McIntyre
Dr John McIntyre (1859-1928), nose and throat specialist [more].

5.  Dr Lennox Browne
Dr Isaac Lennox Browne (1841-1902), throat specialist [more].