Documents associated with: 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885
Record 11 of 15
System Number: 09206
Date: [23 June 1885]
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas
Repository: Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Call Number: 22 folder, W-Lucas file
Document Type: ALS
'[Date received?] 23 June 1885'
Kings Road. Chelsea
My dear Lucas -
I never by any means have a line from you! - Admitting that I am the worst correspondant [sic] in Europe, surely you are the next bad one -
Besides, lately, I have more than once sent you a greeting of some kind - and always with like result - absolute silence! -
What do you think of my picture [p. 2] at the Salon? -
Do you like it? - They tell me that it is hung in a delightful place and that all the world is greatly exercised concerning it - Of course they give me no more medals -
Will you see him for me and order from him the negative? -
Say that I want him to take with the greatest care a superb photograph - (not too big - about the size of those that you have of mine - or the usual size of the full lengths in the galleries) - of my picture of Lady Archibald in the Salon -
I want it done at once - and I want a proof or two sent to me immediately - and then I must also have the plate - that is the negative -
Do all this for me my dear Lucas - and I shall be so greatly pleased and reconnaissant -
Maud sends love to you and Madame, and wishes you to know that she has been very ill indeed [p. 3] and proposes to come over to stay with you for a week or two if you will have her, either in Paris or the Country - in short wherever you may be she boldly pretends to make a descent upon you! - Meanwhile make my apologies to Madame - and write and let us know what you both think of this daring proposition -
With kindest regards
Wouldn't you like to have heard my "Ten o'clock"? -
'Whistler June 23 1885
ans[wered] Juin 29th dated [illegible word]'
Par Melun Seine et Marne
Monsieur George Lucas.
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / TWO PENCE HALFPENNY
[postmark:] WEST BROMPTON S. W. / 4 5 / JU23 / 85
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS 1º / 24 / JUIN / [...]
[postmark on verso x 2:] PARIS LES TERNES / [...] 24 / JUIN / 85
[postmark on verso:] MELUN / SEINE ET MARNE / 1 25 / JUIN / 85
1. [23 June 1885]
Dated from postmark.
3. [Date received?] 23 June 1885
Written in another hand.
A reference to the 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885. JW showed two works, Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), cat. no. 2459, and Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret (YMSM 252), cat. no. 2460.
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more]. According to Lucas's diary, he did not write inviting her to visit until 12 August. Maud and her sister arrived in Paris on 24 August. She stayed until 28 September. See Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, 2 vols., vol. 2, pp. 613-14, 616.
10. Ten o'clock
JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was first delivered on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly, and repeated subsequently at several other venues, including Oxford and Cambridge. Lucas's diary records him reading it aloud to an invalid friend on 17 September 1885 (op. cit., p. 615).
This note is written in another hand in the left margin of the envelope.