The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 101st exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1883
Record 3 of 13

System Number: 08151
Date: [1 May 1883?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Thomas Waldo Story[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/61/7
Document Type: ALS[3]

But of course I have no varnishing tickets here! - And of course Waldo if I had your letter[4] comes [sic] far too late - only the day after the Show[5]! - - That's like both of us though - so that's all right! -

I am so glad you had the telegram[6] - tho' it must have come upon you at all hours of the night! - but I was afraid that you would have [p. 2] escaped me early the next day - Did you get my little note? -

How delightful it will be for you both in Paris - I shall do my best to get off to you at the end of the week - Of course there are bewilderments of all kinds - and dinners - tant pis! -

And now Waldino I must tell you of the lovely little bronze - really lovely! - I took Sir Coutts[7] round to it and Comyns Carr[8] - and told them that there is nothing else in the whole place save this dainty little statuette and the exquisite bas relief[9] - Charming! Waldo -

I am enchanted -

Everything as it should be - Amazing! -

I am just a little out of it this year - sending only fire works and the blue sea[10] you liked so much in Liverpool -

However they look splendid - and I stopped because I had to paint in the midst of things a full length portrait of [p. 3] [an] American[11] who was determined to give me 500 guineas! - Voila! -

Portrait of the Mother[12] they tell great success in the Salon. - we will go and see -

My kindest and best regards to Mrs Waldo[13] with love to yourself


[butterfly signature]

Oscar's[14] address you know is Hotel Voltaire
Quai Voltaire

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1.  [1 May 1883?]
Dated from references to exhibition (see below).

2.  Waldo Story
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].

3.  ALS
'21' is written in the upper left-hand corner in another hand.

4.  your letter

5.  Show
7th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1883.

6.  telegram

7.  statuette and the exquisite bas relief
Story showed two sculptural works at the 7th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1883 (cat. nos. 377, 378): W. Story, Bellerophon(z337), a bas relief, and W. Story, Crotalistria(z338), a bronze statuette.

8.  Sir Coutts
Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913), Bart., co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more].

9.  Comyns Carr
Joseph Williams Comyns Carr (1849-1916), art critic and theatre manager [more].

10.  fire works and the blue sea
JW exhibited Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100) and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169) at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1883 (cat. nos. 111 and 115).

11.  American
Arrangement in Black, No. 8: Portrait of Mrs Cassatt (YMSM 250).

12.  Portrait of the Mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) was exhibited at 101st exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1883 (cat. no. 2441).

13.  Mrs Waldo
Ada Maud Story (1856-1932), née Broadwood [more].

14.  Oscar's
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].