Document associated with: France, Modane
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System Number: 09202
Date: 23 October 1879
Author: Maud Franklin
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas
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 so I have not time to say anything further for the moment.
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
'Maud - Venice 23rd October 1879'Monsieur
Monsieur George Lucas
21 Rue de l'arc de Triomphe
[stamp:] POSTE ITALIANE / CENT. VENTICINQUE
[postmark:] VENEZIA / 23 / 10 - 79 / 6 S
[postmark on verso:] PARIS / LES TERNES / 1E 25 / OCT / 79
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.
An island bathing beach near Venice.
7. Maud ... 1879
Note written in left margin by G. A. Lucas.
Inscription in another hand, on verso of envelope.