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System Number: 01641
Date: [November/December 1892][1]
Author: Isabella Stewart Gardner[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G7
Document Type: ALS

Hotel Westminster

Tuesday -

Dear Mr Whistler

Is it decided? About the Library[3] I mean - I am so crazy to have anything so splendid as our great Bates Hall painted by you, that I am too excited to remain [p. 2] in doubt! Please let me know -

Will you kindly send me the papers for my Courbet - Trouville Sea[4] - better still can't you come with the papers & have a cup of tea at five tomorrow; & then put in your pocket & bring to me the gravure, or photograph or whatever it is of your mother's portrait[5] -

And also, best & most amiable of men! please [p. 3] bring only to show you know, the whirling tracings of Loie Fuller[6] that you pencilled -

Do be as good as only you can & give me all this pleasure tomorrow at five & above all that of seeing you. -

Si[ncerel]y yours

Isabella S. Gardner.

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1.  [November/December 1892]
Dated by the Gardners' known trip to Paris; they left towards the end of December; see JW's letter to J. L. Gardner, 22 December 1892, #01646.

2.  Isabella Stewart Gardner
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

3.  Library
JW was commissioned to paint the end panel in Bates Hall, Boston Public Library, but never completed the design (see Study for three decorative panels representing 'The Landing of Columbus', 'Queen Isabel la Catôlica of Spain', and 'Queen Elizabeth of England' for Boston Public Library, Massachusetts (M.1356) and Study for Three Decorative Panels Representing 'The Landing of Columbus', 'Queen Isabel la Católica of Spain' and 'Queen Elizabeth of England' (YMSM 396)).

4.  Courbet - Trouville Sea
Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), painter [more], appears in the middle distance in Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64).

5.  mother's portrait
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

6.  Loie Fuller
Loie Fuller dancing (M.1346).