The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingt), Brussels, 1884
Record 9 of 13

System Number: 07913
Date: [29 January 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/23/9
Document Type: ALS


'12'   '15'

Dear Deschamps -

Hope I shall hear from you again - The pictures[4] must have arrived at Bruxelles - but I should like to know from you in what state they were before they left - I mean if they were well rubbed up and polished etc - - I wish however that you would write at once a letter to the Societé[5] and beg that the portraits be varnished again -

I am sure they would be all the better for it - and so would the Nocturne[6] -

[p. 2] Look in this next World[7] on tuesday -

I shall be back now soon - still you might write an answer to this -

Yours Always

J McN. Whistler

14 Barnoon Terrace -
St Ives Cornwall

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1.  [29 January 1884]
Dated in another hand.

2.  Charles W. Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more]. This is one of several letters in which JW sent detailed instructions about works to be sent for exhibition in Belgium (see his letter of 8 January 1884, #07908). Deschamps' replies have not survived.

3.  '29/1/84'
Written in another hand, as are the numbers '12' and '15' below.

4.  pictures
JW lent Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Venice etchings, to [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1884 (see list by Maus, #07910).

5.  Societé
Société des XX, Brussels.

6.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103).

7.  next World
JW's letter of 25 January 1884, published in The World, 30 January 1884, was re-published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 113-14 (#11399).