The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894
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System Number: 09405
Date: 14 March [1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Call Number: WR 655
Credit Line: © The Huntington Library
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

March 14.

My dear Mr Graham Robertson -

Now this time I do want you very much to lend your pictures -

You must acknowledge that I have not troubled you for years - and I quite admited [sic] all that you said about the Chicago business.

But this is for Antwerp[3] - There is to be, as I daresay you know, a [p. 2] great International affair there this May - and I have been specially invited - and I would, of all things, so much like to be represented by the Rosa Corder & your Pacific[4].

They would make a splendid show for both of us! - and you should be at peace afterwards for ages - I promise you -

Write me a line to say that they shall go and I will send all further details -

Besides I will find you something else to take their place while they are away - -

How is it you never come to Paris? - This I take for granted as you have never been to see us.

How did you like the seapieces[5] I sent to the Grafton? -

And Albert Moore[6]! - how sad it all was. You ought to see Baldry[7] and help him with all you remember - for the life he is [p. 3] writing of Moore -

With kindest regards and remembrances from us both to your Mother & yourself
Very sincerely

J. McNeill Whistler

[p. 2] Mind you[8] this Antwerp Exhibition is most important - or I wouldn't persist in this way -

It means a good deal to me!

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Graham Robertson. Esq
Rutland Gate
[stamp:] [illegible]
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R[UE] DU BAC / 3IE [16] / MARS / 94


1.  14 March [1894]
Year taken from postmark and date written on envelope in an unknown hand.

2.  Walford Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more]

3.  Antwerp
Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894.

4.  Rosa Corder & your Pacific
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) and Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73).

5.  seapieces
Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894.

6.  Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]. He had recently died.

7.  Baldry
Alfred Lys Baldry (1858-1939), writer on art [more]. Albert Moore: his life and works by Alfred Lys Baldry (London: George Bell, 1894); see also his letter to JW, 3 March 1894, #00235.

8.  Mind you [...] to me!
'Mind you ... to me!' is written on p. 2 at right angles to the rest of the text.

9.  Recommandée
Triple underlined.

10.  '16.3.94'
Written in another hand.