The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Record 39 of 45

System Number: 13853
Date: [June/December 1896?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Howard Cushing[2]
Place: [Paris?]
Repository: Private collection
Document Type: ALS

My dear Cushing -

I think I may ask you to do me a very great favour - though I fear this is rather a crude way of thrusting a request upon you -

But I do so much want you to let me have the drawing[3] you did in Paris [p. 2] that I must tell you how greatly I should prize and value it! -

I am sending you one or two "proofs[4]" that you must take with you as a souvenir of us both[5] - of our affection for you - and of a bright and happy circle that can never be again! in which as I told you, you were always a favorite -

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  [June/December 1896?]
The paper has a mourning border and therefore dates this letter following the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], on 10 May 1896.

2.  Howard Cushing
Howard Gardiner Cushing (1869-1916), painter [more]. See JW's earler letter to Cushing, #13854.

3.  drawing
Not located.

4.  us both
JW and Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

5.  proofs
Presumably JW was sending him etchings as a gift.