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System Number: 03216
Date: [14 June 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 231
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Dear Mr Reid -

Enclosed I send a line just received from Mr Heinemann[4] - His description of the pictures is reckless as you will see from the fact of his mixing up Lady Meux![5] with the lot - still I thought you might know if there is any foundation for his report of the state of the frames? [p. 2] Apparently the pictures are devilish well hung - anyhow! - so thats all right -

I shall write to Mr Ives[6] - and you might make some enquiry as to the care taken of works of Art loaned to the place!

They must be responsible - Were the frames all right when they left? And the varnishing? -

Upon the whole I fancy Heinemanns account rather a wild one -

You had better send me back his letter - I shall send it on to Ives -

When do [you] come over? - not yet awhile? -

Very Sincerely

J McN Whistler

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Alexander Reid - Esq
227. West George Street
Glasgow -
[stamp, illegible]
[postmark:] PARIS-20 / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 5E 14 / JUIN / 93
[postmark on verso:] GLASGOW / 159 / 12 [...] / JU 15 / 93


1.  [14 June 1893]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

3.  ALS
A copy in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], is in GUL Whistler LB 4/54/2-55/1.

4.  Mr. Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]; his letter has not been located.

5.  Lady Meux!
No portraits of Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more], were in World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

6.  Mr. Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].