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Documents associated with: 3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice 1899
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System Number: 05943
Date: 3 July 1898
Author: Antonio Fradeletto[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V32
Document Type: ALS

[Arms of the City of Venice with the Lion of St Mark, and scroll:]


le 3 Juillet '98.

Cher Maître,

Permettez-moi de vous renouveler, même au nom de mes amis, les remerciments les plus cordiaux pour votre aimable accueil, dont nous allons conserver un souvenir bien vif et bien reconnaissant, Nous emportons l'espoir, j'oserais presque dire la certitude, de pouvoir admirer vos oeuvres à Venise[2]. Et si vous vouliez les y suivre? Ce serait un bonheur pour nous. Les artistes, vénitiens, qui [p. 2] vous admirent depuis longemps, seraient tous fiers de pouvoir vous connaître, vous entendre causer si spirituellement, et vous honorer, ainsi qu'on honore les grands maîtres.


A. Fradeletto

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Dear Master,

Allow me once again, on behalf of my friends also, to thank you most cordially for your kind hospitality, which we will remember so keenly and with such gratitude, We take with us the hope, I would almost dare to say the conviction, that we will able to admire your works in Venice. And if you wanted to follow them over there? This would be to our delight. The Venetian artists, who have admired you for a long time, would all be proud to have the opportunity to make your acquaintance, to hear you talk so spiritually, and to honour you, as one honours the great Masters.

Entirely yours,

A. Fradeletto


1.  Antonio Fradeletto
Antonio Fradeletto (1858-1930), literary historian, art critic and writer, radical politician, and general secretary of the Venice Biennale [more].

2.  Venise
3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice, 1899.