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System Number: 10042
Date: 7 July 1873
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Hardy-Alan[1]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Call Number:
Document Type: ALS

Mons Hardy -

Merci bien pour avoir si bien soigné et conservé mes eaux fortes[2] -

Ayez la bonté maintenant de les ceder [sic] a Monsieur qui vous payera en même temps ma note si long temps due -

Agreez l'assurance de ma haute consideration

J Whistler

2 Lindsey Houses, Chelsea
London -

le 7 Juillet 1873 -

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Mr Hardy -

Thank you very much for having so carefully looked after and kept my etchings -

Have the kindness now to give them to the gentleman who will pay you at the same time my long overdue bill -

Yours most truly

J Whistler


1.  Hardy-Alan
P. Hardy (later Hardy-Alan), colour merchant in Paris from 1860-1903 [more].

2.  eaux fortes
Some copper-plates were left as surety for a bill from Hardy-Alan dated 28 August 1862 (#02026). In 1873 JW wrote to S. P. Avery asking him to pay Hardy's bill and collect some copper plates (#10628). It is not clear what plates these were. The proofs and plates Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3), were probably among those Francis Seymour Haden asked Delâtre to return in 1864 (see F. S. Haden to A. Delâtre, 29 June [1864], #13140). However, a number of important early French plates could have remained in Paris, such as Bibi Valentin (K.50), Bibi Lalouette (K.51), Becquet (K.52), Astruc, a literary man (K.53), Fumette, Standing (K.56), Fumette's Bent Head (K.57), Venus (K.59), Isle de la Cité, Paris (K.60), Axenfeld (K.64), and Riault, the Engraver (K.65).