The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingt), Brussels, 1884
Record 11 of 13

System Number: 09641
Date: [May 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Théodore Duret[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library and Archives, New York
Call Number: Met 192 W57/W576
Document Type: ALS


Mon cher Duret -

Votre traversée [a] du être superbe! -

Faites moi donc revenir tout de suite le portrait de Miss Corder[4] -

Il faut que je l'envoie immediatement [sic] au Cristal Palace[5] - Ainsi soyez assez gentil de me le faire expedier par [p. 2] Durand Ruel[6] sans perte de temps -

Aussi ecrivez moi un petit mot de temps en temps pour me faire savoir all the Salon[7] news. -

Tout à vous

[butterfly signature]

Tite Street - Chelsea -

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My dear Duret -

Your crossing must have been superb! -

So have the portrait of Miss Corder returned to me at once -

I must send it immediately to the Crystal Palace - So be kind enough to have it sent by Durand Ruel without loss of time -

Also write me a word from time to time to let me know all the Salon news. -

Yours ever

[butterfly signature]

Tite Street - Chelsea -


1.  [May 1884]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).

2.  Théodore Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more]. He had just been in London posing for Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret (YMSM 252).

3.  ARTS CLUB ... W.
Embossed heading.

4.  portrait de Miss Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203). The portrait had just been returned from [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1884.

5.  Cristal Palace
International and Universal Exhibition, Crystal Palace, London, 1884 (see Manchester Guardian, 22 May 1884).

6.  Durand Ruel
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer, or one of his sons, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) or Georges (1866-1931).

7.  Salon
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) were exhibited at 102nd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1884.