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System Number: 07799
Date: [4 November 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/4/5
Document Type: ALS


'1894 Nov. 4'[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mrs Pennell -

I have just read your very pretty little letter[4] -

Everything is splendid - up to now! - and I think there is something more to come! -

Enfin - nous verrons[5]

Well what is to be said to Mr Johnston[6]? - [p. 2] Suppose we chose eight or ten proofs - and say that he may reproduce these - on condition - well what shall he pay? - Pennell[7] had an idea long ago about it all - I wish he would write me a line and say what it was!

Were not the Century[8] to buy a set of proofs from me? - on the understanding that they then might reproduce in this article[9], on a much smaller scale - say half size - some eight or ten or perhaps a dozen chosen from among them -

There is a vague notion of something in this - let Joseph work out something clearer and let us see it -

Meanwhile here is a small list of titles and prices as at present - I must rush off to studio

So with kindest regards from us both[10]
am in desperate haste
Very sincerely yours

J McN Whistler

P S. This letter was written last week - but it took some time to make out the list - and now I have to thank you for the bundle of "Stars[11]" which arrived this morning - It was very nice & kind of you -

You have seen the letter in the Speaker[12] - How do you like it? - Are you going to get off anything about it!

[butterfly signature]

[p. 3] Incomplete list of lithographs[13]
No. 1 The Steps (Le Peron) Luxembourg Gardens £.3-3-
2 The Panthéon - 2-2-
3 " Conversation under the Statue 3-3-
4 " Long Gallery - Louvre - 3-3-
5 Le Rétameur de l'Impasse 3-3-
6. The Terrace. Luxembourg Gardens - 2-2-
7. Les Gants de Suède - (Mousquetaires) 4-4-
8. The Corner House - Vitré - 2-2-
9. Figure lying down 3-3-
10. Vitré 4-4-
11. Draped figure, leaning - 3-3-
12 - The Seated figure - draped - 3-3-
13 - Undraping - 2-2-
14. Draped figure - back view - 3-3-
15 - Rag shop. Milmans Row - 3-3-
16 - Tête a tête in the garden - 3-3-
17. The little café au bois - 3-3-
18. The long balcony } Paris windows during President Carnot's funeral[14]- 3-3-
19. The little balcony } - 3-3-
20 - The winged hat - 4-4-
21. Maunders fish shop - Chelsea 4-4-
22 - The Wheelwright Chelsea 4-4-
23. The Stage door - Gaiety - 2-2-
24 - La Liseuse 3-3-
25 - The Model reading 4-4-
26 - The Club door - Wellington - 2-2-
27 - Old houses Chelsea - 2-2-
28 - Gate - St Bartholomews, London - 2-2-
29 - Graves. St Bartholomews 2-2-
30. Rag Shop - Drury Lane - 2-2-
31. The dancing girl. draped 4-4-
32 - The novel - draped figure - 3-3-
33 - The late "piquet" 3-3-
34. The Duet - (destroyed - or to be destroyed) - 0-0-
35 - La Blanchiseuse de la place Dauphine - 4-4-
36 - Confidences dans le Jardin 3-3-
37 - La belle Jardinière 4-4-
38 - La jolie New Yorkaise, Louis Quinze - 4-4-
39 - La rue de Furstenberg 3-3-
40 - La belle dame paresseuse - 4-4-
41 - La forge du passage du dragon - 3-3-
42 - La fruitière de la rue de Grenelle - 4-4-
43. "The lady Sleeps" 5-5-
44. La robe rouge - 3-3-
45 - Les bébés [illegible] du Luxembourg - 2-2-
46. Stéphane Mallarmé - 6-6-
47. Dr. Whistler 4-4-


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Envelope:

To
Mrs Joseph Pennell -
14. Buckingham Street.
Strand -
London.
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R[UE]. DU BAC / 4E 14 / NOV / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. C. / S. N. P. / 3 A / NO 15 / 94


Notes:

1.  [4 November 1894]
The date is written in another hand at the top of p. 1. However, as JW explains, the letter was not sent right away. The date from the postmark is 14 November 1894.

2.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

3.  '1894 Nov. 4'
Added in another hand.

4.  letter
Not located.

5.  Enfin - nous verrons
Fr., anyway, we shall see.

6.  Mr Johnston
Robert Underwood Johnson (1853-1937), poet, writer, diplomat, associate editor of Century Magazine (Scribner's) [more].

7.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

8.  Century
JW had some ideas of publishing lithographs in The Century magazine, which did not materialise.

9.  in this article
Double underlined.

10.  us both
JW and Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

11.  Stars
JW had an article published in The Star, of which Pennell was art critic, concerning Harper and Brothers apology for Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895 (see #07793).

12.  letter in the Speaker
See The Speaker to W. Webb, 27 October 1894, #11216.

13.  list of lithographs
The lithographs listed are probably as follows (some titles show variations from the established title): The Steps, Luxembourg (C.68); The Pantheon, from the terrace of the Luxembourg Gardens (C.70); Conversation under the Statue, Luxembourg Gardens (C.69); The Long Gallery, Louvre (C.86); The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites (C.92); The Terrace, Luxembourg (C.87); Gants de suède (C.35); possibly Gabled Roofs (C.64); probably Nude Model, Reclining (C.73); Vitré: The Canal (C.63); Little Draped Figure, Leaning (C.76); The Draped Figure, Seated (C.72); possibly Model Draping (C.31); The Draped Figure, Back View (C.77); Rag-Shop, Milman's Row (K.272); Tête-à-tête in the Garden (C.90); The Little Café au Bois (C.91); The Long Balcony (C.82); The Little Balcony (C.83); The Winged Hat (C.34); Maunder's Fish Shop, Chelsea (C.37); The Tyresmith (C.36); Gaiety Stage Door (C.14); Reading (C.17); The Little Nude Model, Reading (C.33); Victoria Club (C.15); possibly Lindsey Row, Chelsea (C.23); Entrance Gate (C.20); Churchyard (C.21); Drury Lane Rags (C.25); The Dancing Girl (C.29); The Novel: Girl Reading (C.32); Late Picquet (C.94); The Duet, No. 2 (C.96); The Laundress: 'La Blanchisseuse de la Place Dauphine' (C.93); Confidences in the Garden (C.100); La Belle Jardinière (C.101); La Jolie New Yorkaise (C.99); Rue Furstenburg (C.97); La Belle Dame paresseuse (C.98); The Forge, Passage du Dragon (C.102); La Fruitière de la rue de Grenelle (C.106); La Belle Dame endormie (C.108); La Robe rouge (C.107); Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81); Stéphane Mallarmé (C.60); and Portrait of Dr Whistler, No. 2 (C.111).

14.  Paris windows during President Carnot's funeral
Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837-1894), President of France from 1887-1894 [more], was assassinated on 24 June 1894, in Lyon, and buried in the Panthéon, Paris.