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System Number: 00780
Date: [3/10 May 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Robert Crawford[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C281
Document Type: ALS[3]


110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mr. Crawford -

Well indeed[4] do I remember the bold Scott[5] [sic] - gentle and charming as afternoon guest - brave and unflinching as a life champion! That he certainly has become - for he will irretrievably be held responsable [sic], in history, for the excentric [sic] purchase of the Carlyle[6]! -

Your report of the transaction was most brilliant and delightful! - I was immensely pleased -

[p. 2] Your letter[7], so very kind and nice, has made me feel how long ago you ought to have had the picture that was, in a manner, to com[m]emorate the occasion -

I sent you the other day many messages by Mr Alexander Reid[8] of Glasgow - the purport of all of which was that very shortly I hope to accomplish what I have always intended - this painting for you -

Are you, not[9] likely to come to Paris? -

When you do, you will of course look us up - I should be delighted to see you and to show you my studio in this most beautiful city of the Sun! -

Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler -


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Notes:

1.  [3/10 May 1891]
This is a reply to Crawford's letter of 2 May 1891, #00760.

2.  Robert Crawford
Robert Crawford (1845-1915), of Burns, Crawford and Co. [more].

3.  ALS
'? 1901' and 'x' are written in another hand in pencil in the top left corner of p. 1.

4.  Well indeed
'Well indeed ... the Carlyle! -' has been underlined in pencil by another hand, and has been marked in the left margin.

5.  bold Scott
i.e. Crawford.

6.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) was bought in 1891 by the Corporation of the City of Glasgow for Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The price was 1,000 guineas.

7.  letter
#00760.

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

9.  Are you, not
'Are you not ... Sun! -' has been underlined in pencil by another hand, and has been marked in the left margin.