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System Number: 09299
Date: [1882/1883?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Lady Valerie Susan Meux[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Document Type: ALS

I am so very sorry dear Lady Meux about tomorrow - but I am engaged and cannot possibly get off as the dinner is rather arranged with a view to my being there this time!. - tant pis!

In any case I am to see you on Tuesday, so Harriet[3] tells me - now may I whisper in your ear one little thing - that is that on Wednesday I have an [p. 2] appointment with a lady[4] who is coming to be painted - she also comes to town on purpose and I have promised - so do be very charming and fail me not on Tuesday -

I trust you will be quite well and in brilliant spirits that I may catch the particular sparkle in the wonderful eyes I mean this picture to have! -

With a thousand thanks, dear Lady Meux

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [1882/1883?]
Dated from butterfly signature and references to portraits (see below).

2.  Lady Valerie Susan Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more], posed for three portraits between about August 1881 and April 1882: Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228), Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229), and Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs (YMSM 230).

3.  Harriet
Harriet, possibly a servant.

4.  a lady
Possibly Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more], who sat for three portraits 'off and on' in about 1882, including Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242). See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 305-6.