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System Number: 03970
Date: [7 or 14 November 1897][1]
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M242
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dimanche Soir

cher Ami

1º Vollard[4], enchanté, a dû envoyer à l'imprimeur et vous faire tenir une épreuve.

2º On a parlé au Président P.[5] de la meilleure façon.

3º Rodenbach[6] sera peut-être là Mardi

Mais, principalement, [p. 2] comment allez-vous; cette toux. A Mardi. Ma fille[7] et moi sommes obligés de sortir demain, même si le temps est voilé. Tout le monde met ici ses amitiés.


[monogram:] SM

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Dear Friend

1° Vollard delighted, has sent it to the printer and will keep you a proof.

2° We spoke to President P. of the best way.

3° Rodenbach will perhaps be there on Tuesday

But first and foremost, [p. 2] how are you; that cough? I will see you on Tuesday. My daughter and I are obliged to go out tomorrow, even if the weather is overcast. Everyone adds their greetings here.

Yours truly,

[monogram:] SM


1.  [7 or 14 November 1897]
Dated by Barbier (see below), by the reference to JW's health, and by 'Dimanche', which was either 7 or 14 November.

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], no. CLV, p. 271.

4.  Vollard
Vollard (ca 1867 - d.1939), art dealer and publisher [more]. It has been suggested that this concerned a lithograph by Redon, illustrating an edition of Coup de dés (see Barbier, op. cit., and Mondor, Henri, Vie de Mallarmé, p. 777). Why JW should have been involved is a mystery.

5.  Président P.
Samuel Périvier (1828-1902), first Judge of the Cour d'Appel in Paris [more]. JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), started on 14 February 1894, when Eden sent JW a 'Valentine', a cheque for 100 guineas. JW thought this inadequate, and said that the work was incomplete and refused to hand it over. When Eden instituted legal proceedings in November 1894 in order to retrieve the portrait, JW returned the money. The Eden v. Whistler trial opened at the Civil Tribunal on 6 March 1895. The verdict on 13 March went against JW, who appealed to the Cour de Cassation. His appeal opened on 17 November 1897, and on 2 December JW won his case and was permitted to keep the picture provided that he did not 'make use of it, public or private'. JW published his account of the affair in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

6.  Rodenbach
Georges Rodenbach (1855-1898), Symbolist poet and writer [more].

7.  fille
Stephanie Françoise Geneviève Mallarmé (1864-1919), later Mme Bonniot [more].