The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12806
Date: [9 April 1899[1]]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Theodore Roussel[2]
Place: London
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Roussel -

The last time you wrote[4] to me, I remember, you chose this language, instead of your own, for reasons I cannot propose to fathom - I can but accept your preference -

How are you? -

Why do you never [p. 2] come to Paris? "English is spoken here" - and there would be no great difficulty -

I heard that you had devoted months to the working out of a problem of great hope in coloured etching, and that on the eve of triumphantly reaping your result, it was seized, from under your nose, by the same old sympathetic friend[5] who never sufficiently deserted you! -

I am sure that, with your keen appreciation, you must have enjoyed all this immensely! -

Very sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

110. Rue du Bac -

The enclosed[6] dates from long ago doesn't it! I remember it was nice of you -

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Théodore Roussel. Esq
Belle Vue House
Parsons Green
[postmark:] PARIS / R. DU BAC / 5E 9 / AVRIL / 99
[postmark on verso:] REGISTERED / S. W. [B. O.] / 8.15 AM / AP 10 99


1.  9 April 1899
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Theodore Roussel
Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), painter and print-maker [more].

3.  ALS
The letter paper and envelope have a deep mourning border, and the envelope is sealed with black wax bearing the impression of a butterfly.

4.  wrote
Roussel's letter to JW of 20 May 1896, #13456, sending his condolences on the death of JW's wife, was written in English.

5.  friend
Possibly Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more]. Both he and Roussel experimented with coloured etchings. Roussel also etched coloured frames for his prints.

6.  enclosed
Roussel's draft reply of 12 April 1899, #13457, mentions receiving a cheque from JW. The present enclosure is Roussel's draft letter to JW of 20 May 1896, #13456, noted above.