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System Number: 05165
Date: 20 June [1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: [Glasgow]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R64
Document Type: ALdI

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

- Sunday June 20

Dear Mr. Reid -

I have been quite saddened by the tone of deep depression in which your letters to me have been couched -

I didn't understand it is true, what you meant by your suffering from "underselling" of others, knowing only that such complaint could in no way apply to transactions of mine - and not being aware of anyone else who possessed pictures of mine of the same kind calibre as those still hanging upon your hands -

Yet [p. 2] in an undefined manner it was bourne [sic] in upon me that I was more or less responsible for your grief in as far as your speculation in these full length Whistlers had proved unsuccessful -

Judge then of the pleasure it gave me my great satisfaction & exceeding relief when the Secretary[3] of the Pen[n]sylvania Academy, who called here the other day, told me that you had most brilliantly sold the "Brodequin Jaune"[4] to Mr Johnston of Philadelphia[5] months ago! -

I felt at once that in your unhappy letters you had doubtless with difficulty refrained from informing me of this inspiriting detail, in order that I should have the pleasure of the surprise wafted in all its freshness accross [sic] the Atlantic! -

Appreciating then your delicacy in this matter, I was willing to receive all further items of the news from the same source - and so I am to hear, from headquarters, the exact price sent you for that noble work "Le Brodequin Jaune", and a

Wher[e]fore - I suppose that, though you ask my opinion, you have not the slightest intention of listening to my proposal of the absurd nature you speak of with reference to the "Furred Jacket"[6]! - Of course you will sell that also for two thousand gs - or for somewhere between 1500 gs - and 2000 gs. - so that will be all right -

I am told that the authorities of the Boston Museum were anxious to get up a subscription for the purchase of that [p. 3] picture - & therefore hung it & kept it in continued exhibition -

As to the little pastel[7], I hope to keep it - & we will settle for it in money or something -

very truly Yrs -


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1.  20 June [1895]
Although this letter, and the final versions (#05166, #11708) are all dated 20 June 1895, that was not a Sunday (20 June 1895 was a Thursday; 20 January 1895 was a Sunday).

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more]. He had written to JW on 7 June 1895, #05164.

3.  Secretary
Harrison Smith Morris (1856-1944), Directing Manager of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [more].

4.  Brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

5.  Mr Johnston of Philadelphia
John Graver Johnson (1841-1917), lawyer and collector [more].

6.  Furred Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181); it was not sold to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

7.  pastel
The White Girl (M.471).