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System Number: 04778
Date: [August 1900?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris?]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P418
Document Type: AL[3]

My dear Major -

Do you remember that Lady Blanche[4] used to come to Madame Lefèvre's[5], poor woman, with little notes of invitation? -

And do you remember my writing to you afterwards, and telling you that I had met her - and had had tea at her place in Dieppe, where I saw her nice daughter[6]?

[p. 2] Well, poor thing! it is one of those rather tallish girls that whom I was talking [t?]

You will see Major that this was written some days ago - or rather nights, for it will be clear to you that I was too sleepy to complete the note that might have gone to you the next morning -

Mr. Grimaldi[7] (!) the very superior Italian Machiavelli[8] who replaces Christine[9], has been here that I might see him in the flesh - He is now back again in Hinde Street[10] - and I have told him that some times you may call and perhaps even communicate things from head quarters -

I want you to go to the Gallery now, and say that you will take the muslin draperies, as I have written to you about them - It is the old story - I want you and Bunnie[11] to put them in order and to have a great try for the blue dress[12] we have so often attempted. This time you might go to Liberty[13] - and ask him if he will undertake it for me - I send the three dresses, of which one is but a rag - the most precious! in order that you may have these trials - one after the other - The rag I still hope you may put together - perhaps [p. 3] you Ma'ame[14] may perform a miracle here as you have so often shown

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1.  [August 1900?]
Dated by reference to death of Kitty Hozier (see below).

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major'.

3.  AL
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  daughter
Katherine ('Kitty') Hozier (1883-1900), eldest daughter of Sir Henry and Lady Blanche Hozier [more]. An unidentified press-cutting attached to the top of the letter records the death of Kitty Hozier, aged 17, eldest daughter of Lady Blanche, from typhoid at Dieppe. Her funeral took place at Batsford Park, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, seat of Mr. and Lady Clementine Freeman-Mitford.

5.  Lady Blanche
Lady Henrietta Blanche Hozier (1852-1925), née Ogilvy, wife of Sir Henry Hozier [more].

6.  Madame Lefèvre's
Mme Lefèvre, Dieppe landlady [more].

7.  Grimaldi
Double underlined. Grimaldi, manager of the Company of the Butterfly in 1900 [more].

8.  Machiavelli
Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), political and military theorist.

9.  Christine
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more].

10.  Hinde Street
The Company of the Butterfly was formed to market JW's works from premises in hinde Street.

11.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

12.  blue dress
JW had painted a series of 'Blue Girls' (see The Blue Girl: Portrait of Miss Elinor Leyland (YMSM 111), and The Blue Girl: Maud Franklin (YMSM 112); Study for 'The Blue Girl: Portrait of Miss Elinor Leyland' (M.519), etc.).

13.  Liberty
Lazenby Liberty and Co.

14.  Ma'ame
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].