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System Number: 04523
Date: 17 June 1856
Author: Alfred Emilien O'Hara, Comte de Nieuwerkerke[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P163
Document Type: PD/Ms


MINISTÈRE
DE LA MAISON DE L'EMPEREUR
No. 3338
MUSÉES IMPÉRIAUX[2]
CARTE D'ENTRÉE PERSONNELLE POUR LES JOURS D'ÉTUDE.
Mr Whistlir [sic] James
PRÉSENTÉ PAR Mr Gleyre[3] (21 ans[4])
LE DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL DES MUSÉES IMPÉRIAUX,
INTENDANT DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LA MAISON DE L'EMPEREUR
ENRÉGISTRÉ LE 17 Juin 1856

Cte de Nieuwerkerke[5]

[p. 2] SIGNATURE DU PORTEUR DE LA CARTE

James Whistler

CETTE CARTE, ÉTANT PERSONNELLE, SERAIT RETIRÉE SI ELLE SE TROUVAIT DANS D'AUTRES MAINS QUE DANS CELLES DU SIGNATAIRE


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Translation:

MINISTRY
OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE EMPEROR
No. 3338
IMPERIAL MUSEUMS
PERSONAL ENTRY CARD FOR STUDY DAYS.
Mr Whistlir [sic] James
PRESENTED BY Mr Gleyre (21 years)
THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE IMPERIAL MUSEUMS,
SUPERINTENDENT OF FINE-ARTS IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE EMPEROR
REGISTERED 17 June 1856

Cte de Nieuwerkerke

[p. 2] SIGNATURE OF CARD-HOLDER

James Whistler

THIS CARD, BEING PERSONAL, WOULD BE WITHDRAWN IF IT WERE FOUND IN OTHER HANDS THAN THOSE OF THE SIGNATORY


Notes:

1.  Alfred Emilien O'Hara, Comte de Nieuwerkerke
Alfred Emilien O'Hara (1811-1892), Comte de Nieuwerkerke, sculptor, Directeur-General des Musées [more].

2.  MUSÉES IMPÉRIAUX
This card gave JW permission to study in the Louvre. His first recorded painting there, and the only one known to have survived, was Copy after Ingres's 'Roger délivrant Angélique' (YMSM 11). In 1857 JW applied to Nieuwerkerke for permission to copy several more paintings (YMSM 12-14; see #09214). Several other copies were recorded (YMSM 15-20). One of these, Copy after Boucher's 'Diane au bain' (YMSM 20), was photographed but has since disappeared (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, repr. f. p. 72).

3.  Gleyre
Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre (1806-1874), painter [more].

4.  21 ans
JW was 21 on 11 July 1855, and thus very nearly 22 when he signed this card.

5.  Cte de Nieuwerkerke
Signature overwritten on bottom of card.