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Document associated with: Ionides, Alexander Constantine
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System Number: 12418
Date: [18?] February 1864[1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alexander Constantine Ionides[2]
Place: London
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]


February 1864

[...] I have just received a letter from Fantin[4] la Tour, to announce that he has sent you two bouquets of flowers by the 'Grande Vitesse[5].' He has confided to me (while he feels the greatest delicacy in asking for it) that money at this moment is most peculiarly needed by him, as he has payments to meet immediately. Therefore, my dear Mr Ionides I tell you frankly of this; and I shall regard it as a personal favor if tomorrow you will kindly remit to his address the amount: twelve pounds sterling [...]

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1.  [18?] February 1864
This letter appears to precede JW's letter to Fantin of 19 February, #11478.

2.  Alexander Constantine Ionides
Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810-1890), shipping merchant and collector [more]

3.  PLc
Partial text of letter from sale catalogue, Maggs Bros., London, December 1920, item 3477, described as 'A. L. S... 2 ½ pp., 8vo. Chelsea, February, 1864.'

4.  Fantin
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more]. These transactions over flower paintings are not altogether clear. Two paintings, as stated here, were being sent to Ionides by Fantin. Two paintings were also sent to JW, who acknowledged receipt of them in his letter to Fantin of 19 February (see above): these are mentioned, however, as being paid for by George Coronio. This may simply indicate that JW was writing to both men about Fantin at this time. JW mentions here that he has received a letter from Fantin, and in his letter to Fantin of 19 February he says that he has received a letter from him that evening; no letter from Fantin to Whistler dating from this period appears to have survived.

5.  Grande Vitesse
Fr., express parcel service.