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System Number: 00182
Date: 23 December 1887
Author: Craibe Angus and Son[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A181
Document Type: ALS

J A. McNeill Whistler - Esq. The Vale, Chelsea, S. W.

[emblem of Glasgow, and motto:] LET GLASGOW FLOURISH


23rd December 1887.

Appro 6. 8. 87.

We return to-day by Registered Parcels Post, the

          Lambeth[2]            8. 8/.
       Tyzack Whitley        8. 8/.; &
          Portrait           5. 5/.

The Guitar Player[3] - £12. 12/- will be returned in a few days or the money remitted for it.

We had no thought you would be inconvenienced by our having these etchings. We wished to show them to a client[4] who is, meantime, absent, & who will probably buy the Guitar Player.


We are sorry if you have lost the sale of the "Fine Proof". It is just possible that we may find an amateur for it.


We thank you for the promise of an important picture, & hope to have such soon. Pictures are not "lost in the provinces", as you seem to think they are - If you come & see us y[ou] will return declaring that London is more provincal [sic] than the provinces - We could put a good Whistler into a better collection of pictures than has been formed in London.

Yours faithfully

Craibe Angus & Son

Expect cheque on an early day -

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1.  Craibe Angus and Son
J. Craibe Angus, art dealer, of Craibe Angus and Son, Glasgow [more]; and William Craibe Angus (1830-1899), Glasgow art dealer [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter of 22 December (#00181).

2.  Lambeth
Neither 'Lambeth' nor the 'portrait' have been identified, but the other etching listed is Eagle Wharf (K.41).

3.  The Guitar Player
The Guitar Player (K.140).

4.  a client
Not identified, but possibly Thomas Glen Arthur (1858-1907), clothing merchant and textile manufacturer [more].

5.  Finette
Finette (K.58).