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System Number: 00036
Date: [3 October 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Pourville
Recipient: Inez Addams[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A36
Document Type: ALS

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Tuesday -   18  

Pavillon Madeleine -
Pourville-sur-Mer -
* par Offranville[3] -

* Please notice[4] this change in postal address - Letters no longer go by Dieppe, & if so directed are days in arriving -

My dear Miss Bate -

I was so hurried this morning that this card which should have gone to you from the hotel, was still blank and in my pocket when I arrived here - and a dismally dingy card I perceive it to be, by the way! -

Here then is a later word for Mademoiselle la Massière, and for the private ear of the good Apprentice - There will "present themselves" two [p. 2] candidates - whom we will admit! - (submitting of course their drawings all the same) -

"Candidates" seems to me an excellent name - it had better be adopted - "Les Candidats" would be excellent, dont you think for all who propose themselves for entrance -

It would be well to put up a notice:
Candidates for admission will submit work for approval -

This might be by the door of the Ladies' Studio - upstairs - and in French - for the men - but for the present one will do for all -

To return then to the two specially recommended - One is young Daudet[5] - the son of Alphonse Daudet[6] - and the other is a Miss Prince[7] - a young lady from New York or rather I believe, Boston - whose people have it greatly at heart that she should be received[8] - for it has been well represented to them that this is a matter of rare difficulty & distinction - comme de juste[9]!

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Miss Inez Bate -
9. 14. Rue des Fourneaux 9.
'Paris[10]' E. V.
[postmark:] DIEPPE / SEINE INFRE / 6E 3 / OCT / 99
[postmark on verso:] PARIS / DEPART / 7E 3 / OCT / 99


1.  [3 October 1899]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Inez Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. This letter relates to the Académie Carmen, the Paris atelier opened by Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], where JW taught irregularly from 1898-1901. Addams was one of its first students. She became legally articled to JW as an apprentice on 20 July 1899 (see indentureship, #00019) and also acted as studio massière.

3.  Offranville
Double underlined.

4.  * Please notice...arriving -
Added in the left margin.

5.  Daudet
Alphonse Marie Léon Daudet (1867-1942), writer [more].

6.  Alphonse Daudet
Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897), writer [more].

7.  Miss Prince
Miss Prince, an art student at the Académie Carmen; both Daudet and Miss Prince were mentioned by JW in a letter to Francis Vielé Griffin, who may have recommended them to JW (#07959).

8.  be received...
Continued in the left margin of p. 2.

9.  comme de juste
Fr., as of right.

10.  Paris
Inserted in another hand.