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System Number: 04400
Date: [27 January 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Henry Labouchère[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P39
Document Type: ALdS


Henry -

I lift the scalp - who so deftly! - and this is art Henry and pretty to see - So daintily done withal that long after the wisp hangs pinned and catalogued in my collection, it's late owner continues not to miss it -

So we have this doomed and never doubting one of the Boulevards[3] [still?] dangling lingering on - smiling daily "at the hour of the Absinthe" - a cruel[4] quaint spectacle with his hat on! - an unconcious [sic] grateful tribute to the Masters skill -

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [27 January 1887]
This was published in Truth, no. 526, vol. 21, 27 January 1887, p. 125, under 'Entre Nous'. It was reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, p. 153 (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 46). The version here is written in pencil.

2.  Henry Labouchère
Henry Du Pré Labouchère (1831-1912), journalist and Liberal MP [more].

3.  this doomed and never doubting one of the Boulevards
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more]. This letter is a response to Child's letter to H. Labouchère, 15 December 1886, which was published in Truth, no. 525, vol. 21, 20 January 1887, under "Entre Nous," p. 86; reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, pp. 151-152, with more paragraphs. The letter may also be a response to Child's letter to E. Yates, 19 January 1887 (#13182). Whistler, as usual, wanted the last word (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 46).

4.  cruel
Added from left margin.