The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888
Record 29 of 30

System Number: 09067
Date: [July 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Joseph, Charles or George Durand-Ruel[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Durand-Ruel Archives
Document Type: TLc

My dear Mr Durand Ruel

I leave tomorrow at 10 A. M. I will not have time to get the little drawing[3]. Could you take it out of its frame & pack it in a small package & send it to Mr Stanford White[4] who leaves on Thursday morning & I can get it from him in London.

Give my kind regards to your father[5] who I am sorry not to have seen.

James Abbott Whistler[6]

Tuesday P. M.

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1.  [July 1888?]
This letter may date from immediately after Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888.

2.  Joseph, Charles or George Durand-Ruel
The famous art firm was established by Jean-Marie Fortuné Durand, (the name comes from his name plus that of his wife, Mlle Ruel). Paul Durand Ruel (1831-1922) had three sons who were all art dealers, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) and Georges (1866-1931). Paul was born and died in Paris. The shop was established from 1855-1887 at 1 rue de la Paix, and the New York branch of the firm was established after two successful Impressionist shows in 1886 and 1887. The sons were left to take charge of the American firm while Paul concentrated on Paris.

3.  drawing
Several works by JW, which have not been identified, were shown in Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888 (see Dessin (M.1166)).

4.  Mr Stanford White
Stanford White (1853-1906), architect [more].

5.  father
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer [more].

6.  James Abbott Whistler
This is not JW's normal signature. The letter itself seems curiously stilted. It is possible that it has been mis-transcribed or translated.