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System Number: 00820
Date: 9 November [1858][1]
Author: Ernest Delannoy[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D26
Document Type: ALS


Paris

9 Nov.

Cher ami

Comme tu le vois ma correspondance eprouve un retard de 12 heures[.] pourquoi Delatre[3] ne m'a t-il remis sa note que ce matin même [ainsi?].

Voici ce que j'y lis

1eres epreuves[4]   3.60
29 epreuves 1/4 colombier[5]   7.25
195 epreuves tirage 1/4 colombier 39.00
130 epreuves petit papier 19.50
25 enveloppes a   2.00
            Total 71.35
          Caisse     1.50
        total general.   72.85

 

Dans ta precipitation le soir de ton depart tu as oublié ou plustot nous avons oublié de mettre en Caisse les differents Croquis et dessins[6] que tu devais [p. 2] emporter en Angleterre[.] Je les ai a l'atelier a ta disposition.

la Vieille au Bahut[7] a eu la betise de recevoir un acompte de 15[s?] pour son meuble qui lui a eté acheté Dimanche dernier[,] elle pretend en recevoir d'ici peu de temps et de beaucoup plus remarquables[.] Je les guigne et lui ai deja fait part de nos projets d'etranger.

l'Atelier est superbe de propreté et d'ordre ce n'est plus un atelier c'est un sanctuaire qui nous porte au recueillement

Mais Causons un peu de toi la traversée a du etre bien rude il faisait a Paris un froid a pierre fendre[,] tu as du bien souffrir des coulans [sic] d'air la nuit de dimanche a lundi Je t'ai vu (en reve toujours) assis a la proue du paquebot et pechant a la ligne[.] a vrai dire je ne te croyais pas si passionné pour ce plaisir non terrestre

[p. 3] le matin a mon reveil ne pouvant expliquer Ce songe bizarre[,] je me suis dit en voyant ma paire de souliers le reve C'est pas nature mais ma paire de souliers [Ce?] C'est nature.

pige moi l'histoire que l'on vient de me raconter

une dame soutenait que la femme etait plus parfaite que l'homme parce qu'etant le dernier ouvr[a]ge de Dieu, on devait penser qu'il avait rassemblé les perfections des autres Creatures. un plaisant dit alors que Dieu etait un Grand Architecte qui après avoir fini son edifice y avait mis une girouette

Je te quitte et te dis a revoir[.] Je Vais chez Gaucherel[8] lui porter tes epreuves[.] J'attends de tes nouvelles et des recis [sic] très detaillés d'outre Manche

Mes civilités empressees a toute ta famille et a toi serrement de main des deux mains

E Delannoy


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Translation:

Dear friend

As you see my correspondence has been delayed by 12 hours why did Delatre only give me your note this morning [so?]

This is what I read

1st proofs   3.60
29 proofs 1/4 colombier   7.25
195 edition proofs 1/4 colombier 39.00
130 proofs small paper 19.50
25 envelopes at   2.00
            Total 71.35
          Packing     1.50
        grand total   72.85

 

In your haste the day before you left you forgot or rather we forgot to pack the different sketches and drawings which you were to [p. 2] take to England[.] I have them at the studio for you.

the Old Woman with the sideboard has been stupid enough to accept a bill of 15 sous for her piece of furniture which was bought last Sunday[,] she expects to be paid shortly and many other remarkable things besides[.] It's a farce and I have already told her about our plans for going abroad.

the Studio is superbly clean and tidy it is not so much a studio as a sanctuary to bring us peaceful contemplation.

But let us talk about you a little the crossing must have been very rough it was cold enough in Paris to crack stone[,] you must have suffered from the draughts during the night of Sunday to Monday[.] I saw you (still dreaming) sitting at the bow of the ferry fishing[.] to tell you the truth I did not realise you were so enthusiastic about this non-terrestrial pleasure.

[p. 3] in the morning when I woke unable to explain this strange dream[,] I told myself when I saw my pair of shoes that dreams are not real but my pair of shoes they are real.

See if you can beat the story I have just been told

A woman maintained that woman was more perfect than man because being the last work of God, one had to believe that he had combined all the perfections of the other creatures. a wag said that God was a Great Architect who after having finished his building had added a weathercock

I will leave you and say goodbye[.] I am going to Gaucherel's to take him your proofs[.] I await your news and very detailed reports from across the Channel

My sincere greetings to all your family and I shake your hand with both mine

E Delannoy


Notes:

1.  9 November [1858]
This letter dates from immediately after JW had left Paris for London on 6 November 1858.

2.  Ernest Delannoy
Ernest Delannoy (d. 1860/1870), art student, JW's travel companion in 1858 [more].

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

4.  epreuves
Delâtre printed Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3).

5.  colombier
Designation of paper size, about 90 cm. x 63 cm.

6.  Croquis et dessins
Few drawings or designed have survived from JW's student years in Paris, but this may refer to the sketchbooks from their recent trip to the Rhineland (M.229-285) which included several sketches of Delannoy himself (M.231, 269-71, 277, 285; and see also M.286).

7.  Vieille au Bahut
There is no other mention of the woman or the sideboard.

8.  Gaucherel
Léon Gaucherel (1816-1886), etcher [more].