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System Number: 12945
Date: 19 June [1867][1]
Author: Henri-François Guéneau de Mussy[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Francis Seymour Haden[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6 MSL/1952/1353/2/2/5
Document Type: ALS



Mon cher Haden.

J'ai trouvé un matin le pauvre Legros[4] tout meurtri et il m'a raconté qu'il avait été horriblement maltraité par Mr Whistler. Rien n'était plus touchant que l'aspect [p. 2] et l'histoire de ce pauvre garcon. La scène s'était passé dans la cité chez un Mr Ionidès[5] qui pourrait, je crois, en donner tous les details.

tout a [sic] vous

H Gueneau de Mussy

19 juin

J'etais a la campagne [p. 3] hier et n'en suis revenu que ce matin

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My dear Haden.

One morning I found poor Legros[6] quite bruised and he told me that he had been horribly maltreated by Mr Whistler. Nothing could have been more moving than the appearance [p. 2] and history of this poor boy. The scene happened in the city at the house of a Mr Ionidès[7] who could, I believe, give you the all details.


H Gueneau de Mussy

19 juin

I was in the country [p. 3] yesterday and only returned this morning


1.  19 June [1867]
Dated from the context of the Burlington Club enquiry into JW's alleged violent conduct towards various people, which took place in 1867. For a summary, see #12972.

2.  Henri-François Guéneau de Mussy
Henri-François Guéneau de Mussy (1814-1892), doctor [more].

3.  Francis Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. He was a patron of Legros.

4.  Legros
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more]. Originally one of the 'Société des trois', Legros had gradually become estranged from his two friends, JW and Fantin-Latour. He owed JW money, but the immediate quarrel probably arose over Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more].

5.  Mr Ionidès
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].