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System Number: 02679
Date: [23/24?] February 1894[1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Julia Revillon[2]
Place: [St Petersburg[3]]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/155
Document Type: ALSc


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Letter to Madame Albert. R..

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

My dear Julia - Accept my felicitations! -

You have done well - though Mr. T[4] - of Goupils tells me you might have done better - But then he doesn't know how courageous you have been - He has no idea - as yet - that the picture[5], over which you bargained, and haggled, and which you finally sent to public auction, was a gift from my Mother to your own!

Comment, it seems to me, is for once, curiously superfluous - but I may congratulate you upon having so completely freed yourself from ridiculous and conventional theories that hinder the less daring, and frequently prevent their turning into money - however mean the sum - heirlooms & family follies of that kind!

My compliments!

J McNeill Whistler

Feb. 1894

'Madame Albert Revellion the daughter of W'sJ. M.W.'s half brother George[6] who married as his second wife Miss Winans. The picture sold was "The Music Room". R. B. P.'


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Notes:

1.  [23/24?] February 1894
Dated from Christie's auction sale (see note below). This letter appears to date from after #06622.

2.  Julia Revillon
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more].

3.  St Petersburg
JW checked her address with Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more]: 'I have sent the letter to Julia - 43 Galernaia was that right? ' (see #06729).

4.  Mr. T
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more], wrote to JW on 10 February 1894, #05802.

5.  picture
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more] gave Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) to Julia de Kay Whistler (1825-1875), née Winans, JW's sister-in-law [more]. Julia Revillon inherited the picture upon her mother's death in 1875. It was auctioned at Christie's on 10 February 1894 (see #05802).

6.  George
George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more].

7.  R. B. P.
Note written in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].