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System Number: 04261
Date: 19 September 1889
Author: Philippe Zilcken[1]
Place: The Hague
Recipient: JW
Place: [Amsterdam]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N18
Document Type: ALS


NEDERLANDSCHE ETSCLUB.

SECRETARIS: PH. ZILCKEN.

'S-GRAVENHAGE.
La Haye,

le 19 Sept. 1889

Monsieur

Recevez nos bien sincères remerciements pour avoir si obligeamment prêté votre concours à notre Exposition[2]:

L'ouverture aura lieu Mardi le 24 courant, de 2 à 4 heures.

Nous espérons que vous nous ferez l'honneur d'y assister. La Direction [p. 2] me charge de vous demander si vous voulez nous faire le plaisir d'accepter ce jour-là, avec Madame Whistler[3], un petit diner[4], q auquel assisteraient quelques membres de notre Société et notre ami v. Wisselingh[5] et sa femme[6].

Un mot de réponse considérant ceci, surtout si elle est affirmative, nous ferait grand plaisir.

Agréez, Monsieur, l'expression de ma haute considération,

Ph. Zilcken


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Translation:

Dear Sir

Please accept our sincere thanks for having so obligingly lent your support to our Exhibition.

The opening will take place on Tuesday, the 24th instant, from 2 to 4 o'clock.

We hope that you will do us the honour of attending. The Executive Committee [p. 2] has asked me to ask you if you will give us the pleasure of your company on that date, with Mrs Whistler, at a small dinner attended by several members of our Society and our friend Mr v. Wisselingh and his wife.

A word in reply in relation to this, especially if it is in the affirmative, would give us great pleasure.

Yours sincerely.

Ph. Zilcken


Notes:

1.  Philippe Zilcken
Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken (1857-1930), etcher and writer [more].

2.  Exposition
Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Amsterdam, 1889.

3.  Madame Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  un petit diner
JW accepted the invitation to the dinner, which was a lavish affair at Van der Pijl's restaurant at Plaats 18 in The Hague, on 24 September 1889. The guests included Jan Veth, Eduard Karssen, Marinus van der Maarel, Barbara van Houten, G. H. Breitner and Floris Verster, the writer Frederick van Eeden and his wife Martha (see Heijbroek, J. F. and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Holland, Zwolle and Amsterdam, 1997, p. 61).

5.  v. Wisselingh
Elbert Jan Van Wisselingh (b. ca 1848), art dealer [more].

6.  femme
Isabel Van Wisselingh (b. ca 1860), née Angus [more].