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System Number: 01495
Date: 23 November 1891
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Léon Bourgeois[1]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F427
Document Type: ALcS


Monsieur le Ministre -

Vous me voyez fort heureux et émminement [sic] touché de l'honneur que vous me faites en me proposant l'achat d'une de mes oeuvres[2] pour le Musée du Luxembourg.

Le tableau dont vous avez fait choix, est précisement [sic] celui que je pouvais le plus sensiblement souhaiter voir devenir l'objet d'une si solennelle consécration. -

Je m'empresse donc de vous faire savoir que l'obstacle des conditions prévu par votre lettre[3], n'en saurait [sic] un, puisque je m'en remets entièrement à vous, Monsieur le Ministre, pour le soin de les fixer vous même, d'apres ce que vous savez des ressources mises à votre disposition en pareil cas, par l'Etat.

Ce flatteur témoignage [p. 2] de sympathie, couronnant les gracieux honneurs qui me viennent de la France, m'est trop précieux pour que veuille en cette occasion examiner autre chose, que lui-même. -

Daignez agréer, Monsieur le Ministre, l'assurance de ma plus haute consideration -

James McNeill Whistler

21, Cheyne Walk
Chelsea -

Nov. le 23. 1891.


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[written at foot of p. 1:] Monsieur le Ministre de l'Instruction Publique, et des Beaux Arts.


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Translation:

Dear Sir,

I am most happy and eminently touched by the honour you do me by suggesting the purchase of one of my works for the Luxembourg Museum.

The picture you have chosen is precisely the one which I would be most happy to see become the object of such formal recognition. -

I therefore hasten to inform you that the obstacle of conditions foreseen by your letter will not exist, since I put myself entirely in your hands, Sir, to decide for yourself, according to your knowledge of the resources put at your disposal by the State in such a case.

This flattering testimonial [p. 2] of appreciation, crowning the gracious honours which have come to me from France, is too precious for me on this occasion to be concerned by any other matter.

Be assured, Sir, of my highest regard.
Yours faithfully -

James McNeill Whistler

The Minister of Public Education and Fine Arts


Notes:

1.  Léon Bourgeois
Léon Bourgeois (1851-1925), politician, Ministre des Beaux Arts [more]. This is one of several copies (see also #03827) or drafts (#01496) of the reply to a letter from Bourgeois to JW, 19 November 1891 (#01494).

2.  oevres
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

3.  votre lettre
#01494.