The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886
Record 11 of 54

System Number: 00305
Date: 26 October 1885
Author: Jacques Emile Blanche[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B81
Document Type: ALS[2]

26 Oct. 85

19 rue des Fontis
Auteuil, Paris

Mon cher Maître

Je vous remercie infiniment de votre aimable lettre[3]. Je vais adresser à Dowdeswell[4], ainsi que vous me dites de le faire, la petite étude[5] d'enfant blonde que vous n'avez pas trouvée trop [p. 2] mauvaise. Seulement, j'y ajouterai une autre petite tête[6] que vous avez vue aussi, pour vendre, l'autre appartenant à Walter Sickert[7] à qui je l'ai offerte. -

Votre livre de cuisine va être prêt. Ma mère a ordonné à la cuisinière de parler. L'oracle observait toujours un silence terrible. -

À bientôt j'espère, et [p. 3] encore mille remerciements.

Jacques E. Blanche

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26th Oct. 85

19 rue des Fontis
Auteuil, Paris

My dear Master

My infinite thanks for your kind letter. I shall speak to Dowdeswell, as you told me to do, about the little study of the blonde child which you did not find too bad. Only, I will add to it another small head which you also saw, for sale, the other belonging to Walter Sickert to whom I offered it. -

Your cookery book will soon be ready. My mother ordered the cook to talk. The oracle preserved a terrible silence. -

I hope to see you soon, and again very many thanks.

Jacques E. Blanche


1.  Jacques Emile Blanche
Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942), portrait painter, art critic and writer [more].

2.  ALS
This letter was published in MacDonald, Margaret F. and Joy Newton, 'Letters from the Whistler Collection (University of Glasgow). Correspondance with French Painters,' Gazette des Beaux Arts, no. 128, December 1986, pp. 201-214, at pp. 205-06.

3.  lettre
Probably JW to Jacques-Emile Blanche, [September/October 1885?], #13771.

4.  Dowdeswell
Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell, 133 New Bond Street, a firm of printsellers and dealers. JW held exhibitions there in 1884 and 1886.

5.  petite étude

6.  petite tête

7.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more]. Blanche owned numerous works by Sickert and assisted him with selling them. See Baron, Wendy, Sickert, London 1973, pp. 16-7. Blanche would acquire a portrait of Sickert by JW, painted the following year, Portrait Sketch of Walter Sickert (YMSM 351).