The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887
Record 28 of 31

System Number: 09446
Date: [March 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alfred Stevens[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Brandeis University Libraries, Waltham, MA
Call Number: Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department; Judaica Department
Document Type: ALS

Mon très cher Stevens -

J'ai tant de choses à vous dire que je vais les remettre jusqu'à ma prochaine visite a [sic] Paris - quand je viendrai vous serrer la main et vous remercier pour toutes les gentillesses que vous m'avez témoignées -

Maintenant deux mots [p. 2] seulement - n'envoyez rien cette fois a notre Societé[3] recalcitrante !

Je m'en abstiens - ainsi que les quelques autres fideles -

Mon cher ami a bientot -
toujours vôtre devoué

J McN. Whistler

Beefsteak Club -
King William Street.
Strand -

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My very dear Stevens -

I have so many things to say that I will leave them until my next visit to Paris - when I will come and shake your hand and thank you for all the kindnesses that you have shown me -

Now two words [p. 2] only - do not send anything this time to our recalcitrant Society -

I am abstaining - as will the other faithful few -

My dear friend - Until soon
Your very devoted -

J McN. Whistler


1.  [March 1888?]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).

2.  Alfred Stevens
Alfred Émile-Léopold Stevens (1823-1906), history and portrait painter [more].

3.  notre Societé
JW was encountering opposition to his plans for the RBA. He did not contribute to their exhibition in March 1888. He finally resigned on 4 June 1888.