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Documents associated with: Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887
Record 5 of 23

System Number: 13383
Date: [March/September 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris ?]
Recipient: [Henri] Rousseau[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Call Number: GLAHA 46116, p. 21
Document Type: AWdS

Rousseau - 2 Aumont Thièville Paris

Urgent - Faire mettre verre si ovale[3] arrive sans - immediatement



7 x 9 -[4]        10 x 12.
5 x 7 - 
8 x 10                                    17 x 11

2 x 3
                                 6¾ x 8¾(?)
2¾ x 4 -

6⅜ x 3    [drawing of rectangle]

3¾ x 1¾

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Rousseau - 2 Aumont Thièville Paris

Urgent - Have glass put in if oval arrives without - immediately



1.  [March/September 1887?]
Dated by context of other pages in the sketchbook, which include sketches of Queen Victoria's Naval Review and of a trip to Holland in 1887 (Sketchbook (M.1144)). The wire may relate to arrangements for Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887. It may be a follow-up to a letter from the Galerie Georges Petit on 14 March 1887 (#04407).

2.  [Henri] Rousseau
Henri Julien Félix ('le Douanier') Rousseau (1844-1910), painter [more]. The rue Aumont Thièville was in the northwest of Paris, off the Boulevard Gouvion Saint Cyr.

3.  ovale
It is not clear if this is an instruction for a mirror or picture. It is possible that these were instructions for mirrors for furniture. Another page in the same sketchbook shows JW's designs for a music room for Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more] (sketchbook d, pp. 90, 92, 95-98). It is less likely that the oval was a painting, since most of JW's oval paintings date from 1895 and after 1895 (e. g. A Paris Model (YMSM 458)).

4.  7 x 9 -
These sizes and sums were written at right angles to the main text. The sizes could relate to the framing of pictures for exhibition, although some seem extremely small. Such pictures as Green and Violet: The Evening Walk, Dieppe (YMSM 328), dating from 1885 and exhibited in Paris in 1887, were 127 x 215 mm (5 x 8½"). The smaller sizes might indicate panels for furniture (see above).