The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 04837
Date: 12 June 1902
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Clifford Addams[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P477
Document Type: ALS[3]

47. [sic] Cheyne Walk.

June 12th 1902.

Dear Mr Addams -

Mr Whistler has just received your telegram, and has wired you "Cheque 8500 posted[4]." He is very busy with his work and has asked me to write to you for him, enclosing cheque on Messrs Munroe & Co.[5] 8500 frs. He supposes that this is the lowest sum at which you can obtain the picture[6]. [p. 2] He wrote to you last night and had the letter sent by Charing Cross, so that you should have received it this morning. He was much disappointed at not hearing from you to-day but trusts that you will do so soon and let him know all the details of the transaction. He wants to know who are in it. And if it is Carmen[7] who is naming the price? What is your own idea of the affair?

Before closing this [p. 3] hurried note I must tell you that Mademoiselle Dianne's[8] photograph arrived last night and that we were all greatly pleased with her.

With kindest regards to Mrs Addams[9] & yourself.
Sincerely yours -

Rosalind Birnie-Philip.

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Clifford Addams. Esq:
49 Boulevard Montparnasse
[stamp:] R / fee 2 d paid.
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 4 D
[postmark:] REGISTERED / CHELSEA S. W. / 5.30 / 12 JU 02


1.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

2.  Clifford Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a mourning border.

4.  Cheque 8500 posted
Addams had wired on 9 June 1902 that Carmen Rossi was prepared to sell a painting: JW's telegram is #00115.

5.  Messrs Munroe & Co.

6.  picture
Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505).

7.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. She had been suspected of stealing paintings. One of them was Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505). JW recovered it for 8500 francs through a tortuous negotiation with Carmen and Georges Petit, a Paris dealer, as a result of the Addams's investigations (see C. Addams to JW, #00110, #00112; JW to C. Addams, #00113; I. Addams to JW, #00119; and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).

8.  Mademoiselle Dianne's
Dianne Addams (b. 1901), daughter of Clifford and Inez Addams [more].

9.  Mrs Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more].