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System Number: 09202
Date: 23 October 1879
Author: Maud Franklin[1]
Place: Venice[2]
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas[3]
Place: Paris
Repository: Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Call Number: 29 folder, W-Lucas file
Document Type: ALS


23rd October 1879

Mon cher Monsieur

Here I am after a most fatiguing journey, on which however I made no mistakes - You remember the old priest who got in at the last moment[.] well he spoke good English so I managed with him very well for a time - I got a good dinner at Dijon - and from there to Modane there was only one man in [p. 2] the carriage beside - so I managed to get a little sleep - but the cold there was intense a very heavy fall of snow when we left changed trains there[,] it was so full that I had to have a coupe[,] they only charged me three francs 90 and if I had chosen it would have taken me on right to Venice - but by the time I got to Turin I was so tired of being alone that I got into a carriage with an English lady and her two sons who were going as far as Milan - After that I was alone all the way - I managed to catch the 15 past 9 train at Mil Turin -

We are just off to the Lido[4] so I have not time to say anything further for the moment.

The reason Whistler telegraphed[5] was that he had not received my letter[6]

Oh isnt this a lovely place - and such a lovely day too -

With best [p. 3] love from Whistler and self to all of you

Yours Ever


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'Maud[7] - Venice 23rd October 1879'

Monsieur George Lucas
21 Rue de l'arc de Triomphe
[postmark:] VENEZIA / 23 / 10 - 79 / 6 S
[postmark on verso:] PARIS / LES TERNES / 1E 25 / OCT / 79



1.  Maud Franklin
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

2.  Venice
Maud had just joined JW where he was to carry out a commission of twelve etchings for the Fine Art Society. She journeyed to Venice via Paris which she left on 18 October. Lucas recorded in his diary: 'With Miss Franklin (to Lyons Station) who left for Venice on 11.15 A M train.' See Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, II, p. 483.

3.  George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more].

4.  Lido
An island bathing beach near Venice.

5.  telegraphed

6.  letter

7.  Maud ... 1879
Note written in left margin by G. A. Lucas.

8.  '2'
Inscription in another hand, on verso of envelope.