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System Number: 07938
Date: [April 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Théodore Duret[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/30/5
Document Type: ALS[3]


INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS.[circular crest with lion:] SBA

SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL EAST, S. W.

              188

Mon cher Duret -

D'ou [sic] avez vous donc cette Nocturne de "Battersea Grey & Gold[4]"? -

Racontez moi cela - En attendant je préfere ne pas l'envoyer cette fois chez Petit[5] - car je suis en train moi même d'arranger mon envoie d'ici -

Ayez la bonté [p. 2] de leur dire de ma part que j'envoie une petite quantité de choses - entre autres des eauxfortes[6], et que d'içi peu de jours ils en auront des nouvelles -

Toujours à vous
mais dans une hâte infernale!

[butterfly signature]

Le Suffolk St / un enorme succes! - J'J'ai fait venir Le Prince & La Princesse de Galles[7]!


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Translation:

My dear Duret -

Where did you get the Nocturne "Battersea Grey & Gold" from?

Tell me the story - Meanwhile I prefer not to send it to Petit this time - because I am making my own arrangements from here myself -

Kindly [p. 2] tell them on my behalf that I am sending a small number of things - amongst others some etchings, and that in a few days from now they will have some news -

Yours as ever
But in infernal haste

[butterfly signature]

Suffolk St / an enormous success! - I persuaded the Prince and Princess of Wales to come!


Notes:

1.  [April 1887]
Dated by reference to exhibitions (see below).

2.  Théodore Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more].

3.  ALS
This letter was published in MacDonald, Margaret F., and Joy Newton, 'Correspondence Duret-Whistler,' Gazette des Beaux-Arts, November 1987, pp. 150-64, at pp. 153-54.

4.  Nocturne de Battersea Grey & Gold
Nocturne: Grey and Silver (YMSM 156). He also owned Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Gardens (YMSM 166). It is not known exactly when and where he acquired them.

5.  Petit
In May JW exhibited fifty small oils, watercolours and pastels at Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887.

6.  eauxfortes
Probably A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).

7.  Le Prince & La Princesse de Galles
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more], and his wife, attended the private view of the 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887, in the Suffolk Street galleries in March.