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System Number: 03269
Date: [1 February 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/95/1
Document Type: MsLc[3]


Mr. J. Mc.Neill Whistler

21. Cheyne Walk.
Chelsea.

Encore de charmants échantillions [sic] de vos soins si délicats pour le peintre souffrant! - Merci encore -

Mais maintenant tout va bien -

Vous avez vu dans le Figaro[4], que le Papillon rouge, couvert d'honneur, rentre ses antennes et devient tout rond de fiereté?

[butterfly signature][5]

J'ai invité notre ami ennemi à déjeuner demain - pas de réponse - !!! Voulez vous que nous tenions Conseil de Guerre ici demain à 3. heures.


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1.  [1 February 1892]
Dated by the reference to Le Figaro of 31 January 1892.

2.  Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

3.  MsLc
Copied by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; the original carte-de-visite was listed in a sale catalogue of Autographes Demarest, Paris, December 2004, item 415. Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 79, pp. 161-62, dated as the end of January 1892.

4.  Figaro
A report of JW's promotion in the Légion d'honneur in Figaro, 31 January 1892. JW had been made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, an honour that entitled him to wear the red rosette of the Order in his buttonhole.

5.  [butterfly signature]
A butterfly like a rosette has been drawn by R. B. Philip, with a note in her hand 'Butterfly something like this'.