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System Number: 05124
Date: 3 March 1892
Author: William George Rawlinson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R24
Document Type: ALS


Mar 3rd. 1892

Dear Mr Whistler

Richards[2] the picture-cleaner wants to remove the varnish from my Nocturne[3] & repair the cracks in the paint. Before he does this, I thought it very desirable that you should see it - If [p. 2] in the operation (as seems to me not unlikely) some little repainting should be necessary, it should, I am sure you will agree, be done only under your instructions, if indeed it cannot have the advantage of your own touch -

So that, Goupils[4] most [p. 3] kindly offering to send it over to you, I thought I could not do better than send let it go at once & leave it entirely to your decision - It is so beautiful that I should like it to be seen at its best - I have had the frame regilt by your man Grau[5]

Believe me
Yours Sincerely

W. J. Rawlinson

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1.  W. G. Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more].

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

3.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119).

4.  Goupils
The picture was being lent to Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

5.  Grau
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].