System Number: 06608
Date: [30 January 1892]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W601
Document Type: ALS
RESTAURANT & HOTEL / FOYOT
RUE DE TOURNON, 33
Now Chinkie when are you coming? - Also how is it that you dont ask for more cheques? - Unless you have emptied the Bank with those three or four I left you, it is a mystery to me how you get on! - You must have done good Obi Chinkie dear for unless I deceive myself I have got on wonderfully!
Gandara is an excellent fellow - and devoted to me -
Together we combined - and without a word I got him this morning to come and stand for me before the arrival of the Count!! - He brought his dress clothes and I put in the whole of the background and the tone of the figure - then he bolted and at about one o'clock Montesquiou appeared, and I put him in his place and went right on without his [p. 2] dreaming that other mortal had desecrated the atmosphere of the "respectueux" so necessary to his existence! - Not bad was it Chinkie - However after all as he explained to me this evening with some elaboration Gandara himself, de La Gandara is "of race" - born in short - so that after all everything was saved! -
The picture tonight looked superb! But then you know the next day is what I dred always - so more Obi Chinkie if you please - However when this evening the lovely lithographs arrived I looked upon it as a good omen - a sort of reward that my darling Wam had sent me to encourage the Grinder! -
Well matters here are getting hot - that is socially - There seems to be a sort of concentration of honours on the part of this French Nation - and a determination to thrust the Wams to the front -
Montesquiou told me that Madame Grefhüle had wired that I ought "déposer" my card at "Monsieur le Ministre"'s - This I had of course felt myself - but he on his part stands by very firmly and when she asked for my address he did not give it - for he said I would doubtless find the Hotel Foyot encumbered with officials and swells - and as we had determined to remain in the mystery of work, this would play the very old scratch with our best resolutions - As he said himself it was rather his fault, for he would drag me, you know, into the World at that concert! - So it is arranged that the Countess shall manage it all and explain to the Ministre that I am not as yet officially here! In Paris there is as yet only my "pinceau" - "and," continues the wise Count, "you are only here officially when Madame and your belle sœur appear - It is supposed that probably the Ministre is looking for me in order to invite me to dinner! - So you must expect I don't know what all! - but in any case Chinkie it is great fun when you think of the fury of all the others - Leighton [p. 3] and the rest! - Poor old Rose's coachman was nothing to it in the way of "in among 'em"! Madame de Motebello also has begged Montesquiou very hard to arrange to bring me to dine - but we are resisting every thing - The two keys came this morning without any further word - but I suppose they mean Grau case of canvasses? - Did you send Smalley one of the reproductions? which one? - Now I want the cutting from the Pall Mall about the "Venice Etchings". - the one that Thomson wrote lately - I want it for Huish - send it to me - if you can't find it, write and ask Thomson (- Strand on the Green - Clayton House I think) to get it for you at once - I suppose you have sent on the letter & cheque to Mr. Hanson - I will write to William - but I seem to have no time for any thing - What shall I do about Maus? I have not written a line - Do you think that we might pack him off the Pink Meux? - or would three of the framed Venice do? "Doorway" - "Beggars" - & "Traghetto?" I dont even know that there is time - I am off to Mallarmé tonight - Goodnight my own darling - write us a line and let me know whether to prepare for you -
[butterfly signature] who loves his Wam!
A nice little Rosie turned up this morning in the Atelier! -
I thought you had sent her for Luck! - A tall bronze gold child - 13 - but long leggs - Italian - "Carmen Caïra"! pretty name isnt it?
Octave Maus's address: Secrétariat.
27. Rue du Berger
Most important. Send at once to Gentle Art which is dedicated to Jack McNeill and the three others here
Love to Bunnie -
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Envelope:RESTAURANT & HOTEL / FOYOT
RUE DE TOURNON, 33
Mrs J. McNeill Whistler -
21. Cheyne Walk
[verso, five blobs of red sealing wax stamped with monogram:] MF
[stamps x 3:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS 70 / R. GUICHARD / [ ] 30 / JANV / 92
[postmark:] REGISTERED / LONDON / C / 30 JA 92 / 2
1. [30 January 1892]
Dated from the postmark. Dated 'février 1892' by Newton (see below).
Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 84, pp. 168-69.
3. Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. JW also called her 'Chinkie' and 'Wam'.
Antonio de la Gandara (1862-1917), portrait painter and pastellist [more].
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].
JW was working on Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398).
JW was working in Paris on lithographs for publication as Songs on Stone.
9. Madame Grefuhle
Elisabeth, Comtesse Greffulhe (1860-1952), née Riquer de Caraman-Chimay [more].
11. Monsieur le Ministre
Henri Roujon (1853-1914), alias 'Henry Laujol', writer and administrator [more].
13. belle soeur
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more].
JW presumably meant James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].
16. Madame de Motebello
Mme Marie Louise Hortense Madeleine de Montebello (m. 1873), née Guillemin, society hostess [more].
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more]. What canvasses he was sending is not clear.
George Washburn Smalley (1833-1916), journalist and Times correspondent [more].
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].
21. Mr. Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].
William Bell, JW's secretary [more].
Octave Maus (1856-1919), advocate, writer and art critic [more].
24. Pink Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).
The Doorway (K.188), The Beggars (K.194) and The Traghetto, No.2 (K.191).
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].
27. A nice little Rosie
Written at the top of p. 1. JW means a young model, like Rose Amy Pettigrew (b. 1872), a model, later Mrs Warner [more].
28. Carmen Caïra
Carmen Caïra (b. ca 1879), model [more].
Written in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.
30. Jack McNeill
Possibly Patrick T. Jackson ('Jacks') McNeill (1835-1898), accountant, JW's cousin [more].
32. Love to Bunnie -
'Bunnie' was JW's pet name for Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. Written in the left margin of p. 3, at right angles to the main text.