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System Number: 00044
Date: [21-22 October 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dieppe
Recipient: Inez Addams[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A44
Document Type: ALS

Just to say that your latest report came on to me here - and you may be sure that you will be upheld in the matter of the determined German lady[3]! -

Every thing seems to be most excellent - according to your account - and I would in no way notice the murmuring ones -

Friday then, as I told you, [p. 2] I mean to appear - and now my impression is that the men are less interesting than ever - ?

This, not only because of their evident inferiority in numbers - since you simply take away their atelier from under them! - but from their personality - or want of it - for you say nothing about them! -

Who are they? and what are they? - and how have you let them in? - Also who among them is to receive me on Friday?

I think I will have another report from my wise Apprentice tomorrow if she be able - and meanwhile I beg her to accept

my highest approbation & consideration -

J McN. Whistler

Sunday - I really ought to go away from here - for nearly six weeks running if not more I have had this most distressing weather[4]!

It should have had a huge tube of cadmium yellow spurted in its face by one of that group! -

Of course you do not suppose I look[5] at the landscape[6] of the place! No - it is another matter - but even that is scarcely to be got at for more than half an hour [p. 3] a day! and often not at all -

Hotel Lefevre
1. Rue de l'hotel de Ville

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Mademoiselle Inez Bate -
9. Rue des Fourneaux -
Rue de Vaugirard -
[postmark:] DIEPPE / SEINE INFRE / [...] 22 / OC[T] / 9[9]


1.  [21-22 October 1899]
Dated from postmark; this letter was written over two days.

2.  Inez Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. This letter relates to the Academie Carmen, the Paris atelier opened by Carmen Rossi where JW taught occasionally from 1898-1901. Addams was one of its first students. She became legally articled to JW as an apprentice on 20 July 1899 (see indentureship, #00019) and also acted as studio massière. See also JW to I. Addams, #00037, #00038, #00039, #00042, #00043.

3.  German lady

4.  distressing weather
JW mentions the strong sun in #00042.

5.  look
Triple underlined.

6.  landscape
JW's paintings at this time probably include several seascapes, such as Green and Silver: The Great Sea (YMSM 518), and shop fronts, such as A Shop with a Balcony (YMSM 526) and La Blanchisseuse, Dieppe (YMSM 527).