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System Number: 05584
Date: 28 September 1890
Author: Alfred Stevens[1]
Place: Tréport
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S230
Document Type: ALS[2]


28 Sept 90.

Oui, cher ami, avec votre esprit, votre oeil de peintre, il ne vous a pas fallu longtemps pour comprendre, juger, aimer mon pauvre Arthur[3].

Je suis désespéré.

Je viens de me retirer devant la mer pour une quinzaine de jours au Tréport, essayer d'y travailler. Je ne sais.

Si vous saviez combien j'aimais mon frère, et combien il m'adorait.

Merci encore, mon cher ami, j'ai de suite envoyé votre si touchante lettre a [sic] la femme d'Arthur, sa si digne compagne.

Je vous aime bien, mon cher Whistler, et vous pouvez toujours compter sur ma vive affection.

[p. 2] Dites à votre chère femme[4] combien je suis malheureux, et plaignez-moi tous deux.

De Coeur -

Alfred Stevens

Chalet Bouchot, plage 69
Tréport.


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Translation:

28 Sept 90

Yes dear Whistler, with your character, your painter's eye, it did not take you long to understand, judge, love my poor Arthur.

I despair.

I have just retired to the seaside for a fortnight at Treport to try to work there. I do not know.

If you knew how much I loved my brother and how much he adored me.

Thank you again, my dear friend, I sent your so touching letter immediately to Arthur's wife, his so worthy companion.

You are very dear to me, my dear Whistler, and you can always count on my strong affection.

Tell your dear wife how unhappy I am and pity me both of you.

From the heart.

Alfred Stevens


Notes:

1.  Alfred Stevens
Alfred Émile-Léopold Stevens (1823-1906), history and portrait painter [more].

2.  ALS
The letter has a deep mourning border.

3.  Arthur
Arthur Stevens (1825-1900), dealer and, as 'Graham', art critic [more].

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