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System Number: 10077
Date: [17 July 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph William Gleeson White[2]
Place: London
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Call Number: Walter Brewster Collection
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Mr. Gleeson White -

The figure you asked me for, & that you call the "Divining cup[3]" if I recollect, I never cared much about -

Now if you will go to Mr Way's[4], he will show you three perfectly new lithographs just done - that I am very fond of - two Paris windows, on the day of the Procession. - (Carnot's funeral[5])
No 1. The long Balcony -
No 2. The little Balcony -

The third drawing is [p. 2] a draped figure[6] - that I like very much -

Now I doubt if I could give you a prettier choice - and you can make arrangements with Way to print you, as before, for one edition of the Studio, at once -

As to money - you may say to Mr. Holmes[7] with my compliments that he must write me out cheque for fifteen guineas -

This is what the others send me - The other day and for the opening - pour commencer[8] - I didn't much mind! -

Let me hear if you like the drawings and which one you choose -

Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

Do you never come to Paris? -

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Gleeson White Esq
"The Studio"
16. Henrietta Street Radford Street
Covent Garden
[postmark:] PARIS. 20 / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 5E 17 / JUIL / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W.C. / SNP / 3A / JY 18 /94


1.  [17 July 1894]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Joseph William Gleeson White
Joseph William Gleeson White (1851-1898), writer on art, first editor of the Studio [more].

3.  Divining cup
Not identified.

4.  Mr Way's
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

5.  Carnot's funeral
JW drew two lithographs of people watching the funeral procession of Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837-1894), President of France from 1887-1894 [more] who was assassinated: The Long Balcony (C.82) and The Little Balcony (C.83).

6.  draped figure
Little Draped Figure, Leaning (C.76).

7.  Mr. Holmes
Charles Holme (1848-1923), founding editor of The Studio from 1893-1922 [more].

8.  pour commencer
Fr., for a start.