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System Number: 05006
Date: 4 April 1892
Author: John Charles Potter[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P646
Document Type: ALS

April 4. 92


My dear Whistler

Mr Thompson[2] of Boussod Valladon has I understand acquainted you with our objection to his having had varnished the White Girl[3], the Blue wave[4] &c.

I must say, that on seeing the pictures, they [p. 2] appear to me immensely improved by the cleaning.

If you are equally satisfied with the execution of the work by Mr Richards[5], so shall I be.

Let me congratulate you on your show[6]; it is splendid, & ought to silence [p. 3] the Philistines. Miss Alexander[7], Carlyle[8], & two of ours - please me most.

Please accept my congratulations

Yours Sincerely

J C Potter

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1.  John Charles Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more]. See his letter to JW, dated 2 April 1892,#05713.

2.  Mr Thompson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

4.  Blue wave
Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41).

5.  Mr Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

6.  show
JW's retrospective exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, opened on 19 March.

7.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

8.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).