Documents associated with: Boldini, Giovanni
Record 7 of 30
System Number: 08532
Date: [April 1897/1900]
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
My dear Heinemann -
It was really most abominable that I should have been last night so destroyed in mind & body as to have failed utterly as host or guest either! -
I neither went out with you nor managed to make you stay with me - Truth is I was too [p. 2] terror stricken, when I thought of the improvised dinner the Garlants might set before you, to insist upon your remaining - but somehow the whole thing was all wrong and absurd! - and we should have managed to have passed the evening together - I was disgusted with myself afterwards -
Now I am coming to you tomorrow - so that's all right - and I want you to come and dine with me & Boldini on Monday - and that will be excellent -
Also wouldn't you like me to bring Boldini with me to-morrow to dinner?
You will find him charming and your sister will like him, I am sure -
Send me a line in the morning here before nine - or later on at the studio -
1. [April 1897/1900]
Dated from the address and signature; another hand has inserted '' at the top but the earlier period is more likely, given the people mentioned in the letter.
Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more]. JW was on particularly good terms with Boldini in 1897, when Boldini painted and etched his portrait: G. Boldini, Portrait of Whistler (z246), and G. Boldini, Portrait of Whistler asleep (z247).
4. your sister
Miss Heinemann, sister of the publisher W. Heinemann.