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System Number: 01817
Date: 15 October 1884
Author: John Miller Gray[1]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Recipient: Algernon Graves[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G182b
Document Type: MsLc


Oct 15 - 1884

Dear Sir

I have your letter[3] of yesterday and take note that the price of the Carlyle[4] by Whistler is 1000 Gs -

In the circumstances I feel sure that those here who were interested in it will take no further action in the matter

Yours very sincerely

signed J M Gray

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1.  John Miller Gray
John Miller Gray (1850-1894), of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh [more]. This is one of two copies that were enclosed with a letter from Algernon Graves to JW on 16 October (#01816). The other is from George Roland Halkett (1855-1918), artist, critic and political cartoonist (#13340).

2.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

3.  your letter
Graves wrote to JW on 14 October 1884 (#01815) that he had written to Edinburgh on JW's instructions of 13 October 1884 (#10919) raising the price of the painting from 400 to 1000 guineas.

4.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). JW later sold the painting to Glasgow Corporation in April 1891 for 1000 guineas.