Documents associated with: Lucas, George Aloysius
Record 78 of 90
System Number: 10868
Date: [25 October 1885]
Author: Maud Franklin
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 13/1189/38
Document Type: TLc
On opening & looking at the etching again he came to the conclusion that it would be hardly fair to himself to sign it as he in fact thinks it damnable. He is more sorry than I can tell you to be obliged to refuse you anything but he does not like the thing a bit, and he promised me he would write to you himself & explain why, but I know that he is in one rush and may not find time for a day or two. And so very reluctantly I feel obliged to tell you this myself and return to you the etching as I received it.
I have done my best & failed, I am very very sorry as I fear you will be disappointed.
Accept the enclosed as a slight peace offering -
from yours - With many regrets,
We dont remember if you have this etching, if you have we must give you another in its place.
1. [25 October 1885]
Dated from a note at top of typescript copy which reads: 'Maud to Lucas - Oct. 25th 1885.' This is backed up by the reference in Lucas' diary to his reply to Maud (see below).
3. George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more]. Lucas answered Maud's letter a couple of days later on 27 October. See Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, 2 vols, vol. 2, p. 618.
Lucas had evidently sent an old etching of JW's to him for signing, but JW did not wish to return it. Lucas owned various etchings by JW; it is not clear which etching is being referred to here.