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System Number: 08049
Date: 29 June [1859][1]
Author: Francis Seymour Haden[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Henri Fantin-Latour[3]
Place: Paris
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/33/30
Document Type: ALS[4]


62 SLOANE STREET.

29. Juin

Mon Cher Monsieur

Si vos occupations vous le permettent, et que vous soyez ainsi disposé, voulez vous me faire le plaisir de venir passer quelques jours[5] chez moi en Angleterre? - en apportant tout ce que vous avez d'etudes, petits tableaux, esquisses &c. Voyons si cela peut se vendre a Londres. Selon Whistler il y a des ventes une fois per semaine ou on vend assez facilement de les petits sujets de loisir, et l'idee m'est venue que vous pourriez peut etre vous en profiter en même temps que le delassement d'un voyage vous amuserait et vous remettrait la santé. Mons Delatre[6] pourrait vous indiquer la route bon marche [sic] de Newhaven [p. 2] est et, de ma part, j'ose vous assurer que si votre voyage manque de ou fait succes commerciale au moins trouverez vous quelque plaisir a visiter une ville inconnue et a voir qu ce qu'on fait au sujet de l'art dans ce pays de brouillard et de phlegme. Nous serons charmés de vous recevoir et Whistler[7] vous feras les honneurs du pays et des collections.

Apropos de cette proposition je me permets d'ajouter a ma lettre un billet de cinq livres en vous priant de m'accorder quelque petit esquisse que vous aurez peut'etre aupres de vous.

Par la meme poste j'ai ecris a Mons: Delatre de nous faire preparer un pa pacquet [p. 3] que je vous prierai d'avoir la bonté de nous apporter. Aussi veillez bien nous indiquer le jour et heure de votre arriver afin que Whistler puisse vous rencontrer au chemin de fer de Pimlico. C'est la route par laquelle Mons: Delatre est venu - et il peut vous donner tout renseignement la dessus.

Je vous prie monsieur d'accepter l'expression de mes sentiments d'amitie.

Seymour Haden

62. Sloane Street
London.
a Mons: Fantin la Tour
Rue Ferou - no. 15.

[added at top of p. 1:] Dites moi sil vous plait par retour de poste - que l'argent à ete recu sans accident -


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Translation:

My Dear Sir

If your time permits, and you should be so disposed, would you give me the pleasure of coming to spend some days with me in England? - bringing with you everything you have in the way of studies, small pictures, sketches etc. Let us see if they can be sold in London. According to Whistler there are weekly sales where small leisure subjects can be sold easily and it seemed to me that you could perhaps profit from this at the same time as a relaxing trip might be enjoyable and restore your health. Mr Delatre could point out to you the cheap route via Newhaven [p. 2] and, as for me, I believe I can assure you that if your journey lacks or has success commercially you will at least find some pleasure in visiting an unknown city and seeing what is being done in art in this foggy and phlegmatic country. We will be delighted to welcome you and Whistler will do you the honours of the country and collections.

Apropos of this suggestion I have taken the liberty of enclosing a five-pound note and hope that you will grant me the favour of some small sketch which you might have by you.

By the same post I have written to Mr Delatre to have a parcel [p. 3] made up for us which I would ask you to have the goodness to bring to us. Also please ensure that you tell us the day and time of your arrival so that Whistler can meet you at Pimlico station. It is the route used by Mr Delatre - and he can give you all the information about it.

Yours sincerely

Seymour Haden

Please tell me by return of post - that the money has reached you safely -


Notes:

1.  29 June [1859]
Fantin's first visit to London was in July 1859 and was evidently made in response to this invitation from Haden, urged on by JW (letter to Fantin, [29 June 1859], written on a blank page of this letter; see below).

2.  Francis Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

3.  Henri Fantin Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more].

4.  ALS
The spelling in the original is often faulty and is transcribed as given. JW used the same sheet of paper to write to Fantin himself: see #08050.

5.  jours
Fantin went to visit JW in London in July. Haden showed him the more picturesque aspects of London and the river. Fantin described his visit at length to his parents in a letter of 24 July 1859; see Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, p. 81, (note 9, p. 294).

6.  Delatre
Auguste Delâtre (1822-1907), printer [more].

7.  Whistler
JW.