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System Number: 00109
Date: [10/20 April 1902][1]
Author: Clifford Addams[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A108
Document Type: ALS

49 Boulevard Montparnasse.

My dear Master -

May I be permitted to write you that "no picture of Mr. Whistler's has been exposed in the Gallery Georges Petit[3] since the December Exhibition of Milady Sophie[4]["]; and information obtained without comment.

In a chance interview with Madame Carmen[5] on Monday, the passing of compliments led to considerable intimate discussion & I ventured towards the subject of this picture purloined.

Finally a certain willingness [p. 2] to profit by our Master's pleasure in recovering her portrait[6], has led Madame Carmen toward a few days meditation with the promise that in a week I shall hear. She seems very angry & wearied with having lost caste through her interview with the police and by pointing out that she alone seemed the proper person to treat with Monsieur Georges Petit, that Monsieur Whistler proposed nothing, and that her position with our Master could not be hurt by such proceeding!, she really & gladly acquiesced.

Whether I shall help a little to regain the masterpiece or only learn that I have not, is very dear to me. For the Master allowed so many glimpses of wonderful things to his Apprentices! And soon, au Salon, is the other faithful Apprentice[7] to see yet another from his easel: to her & my happiness

I am, always Sir
Your humble & grateful Servant

Clifford Addams.

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1.  [10/20 April 1902]
This dates shortly before the opening of the Salon on 21 April 1902.

2.  Clifford Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].

3.  Georges Petit
Georges Petit (1856-1920), Paris art dealer [more].

4.  Milady Sophie
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504), a portrait of Sophie Burkett, daughter of JW's landlady [more], which had been shown at the 11th Exhibition, Ouvrages de Peintures, Sculpture, Dessin, Gravure, Architecture et Objets d'Art, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1901.

5.  Madame Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more].

6.  recovering her portrait
JW suspected that Carmen Rossi was removing and selling on works from his studio. On 14 June 1902, he managed to recover Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505) with the Addams's assistance (see I. Addams to JW, #00119 and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).

7.  other faithful Apprentice
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. Ivoire et or: Portrait de Madame Vanderbilt (YMSM 515) was among JW's exhibits at the 12th Exhibition, Ouvrages de Peintures, Sculpture, Dessin, Gravure, Architecture et Objets d'Art, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1902.