System Number: 06592
Date: [12/13 June 1891]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W585
Document Type: ALS
[...] he, in the deepest intimacy - and a little Tisane - caraffe ..., confided to me that the one thing left - the one great thing - & the only one, would be a very very elegant little exhibition of Whistler & Stevens alone - More properly of course of Stevens & Whistler - Then came details - profound secrecy - very chic surroundings - Paris, I insisted upon first, afterwards London, Brussels, Münich or Berlin -
Here at Petits - whom I am to see about it at once - I to arrange room - decoration - &c &c - Stevens to see that we incur no expense - and share profits - success to be stupendous! - The whole thing very choice - few works - say 25 apiece - but paintings in perfect condition - and then the Private View and the rest of it of the most picked -
[p. 2] He is greatly excited about it and guarantees or forsees all sorts of amazing things - In Brussels the King shall open the exhibition - here M. Carnot - and what not - of course there are the Grefülhes [sic] - by the way I must call tomorrow - (I am getting to be like you Chinkie and hate it!) - Then in Berlin I dont know what - and in London!? fancy from my point of view what a shock! The accepted and orthodox Stevens and the Black Pirate together! Neither admitting the society of any others.
Don't you think amazing? - Well well can't you see the pretty "exposition" the Wams can bring together - with the Rosies, and the Shells and the Panels and sea pieces - We will really have to hold in our forces - I must hurry back to talk it all over - And now another thing Stevens is going with his daughter and in short what is left of his family to Honfleur - towards the end of July - and he assures me that it is the very most charming little garden of Brittany - sea - village - and forrest! [sic] and we must go there too! - Dont you think that might be delightful - We might take Bunnie over with [us] and shut up the house
and or let in the workmen and come back with no end of work and health? - and the dear little Saxpences [sic] saved.
And Goodbye again my own darling bad Wam! - for you write very short notes - and say I nag!! Oh!
About this morning's breakfast with Degas! I will tell you tomorrow
Have wired Cust
Curious that I should have said to you only the other day that it would be well if I could manage to have an exhibition not quite alone!
The letter is incomplete and the envelope is missing.
Catherine Stevens, daughter of Alfred Stevens.
The letter continues in the margins of p. 1.