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System Number: 04074
Date: 16 May 1892
Author: Valerie Meux[1]
Place: Waltham Cross
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M344
Document Type: ALS

[embossed:] THEOBALDS PARK,

[embossed:] STATION & TELEGRAMS,

May 16th 1892

Dear Mr Whistler

Thanks for your letter & the newspaper cuttings. No doubt the Parisians only do your picture justice, Alas the poor [p. 2] original does not improve with age[.] Ah well! I am not eaten up with conceit therefore my head won't get turned with flattery. I think the picture looked charming in Bond Street, I liked it the [p. 3] best in the Gallery[.] If you ever paint me again you ought to paint me in white[2] with a large garden hat on. I wish you would one of these days come & see this place, as it is quite an ideal[3] place for an Artist as the scenery is most inspiring, all sunshine [p. 4] but only one peacock & that one came from Paris & its vanity is something too appalling[;] it even shows off before the cart-horse.

I cannot answer your question about the black & white picture[4] until Sir Henry[5] returns home[.] I do not think he would care to lend both of my pictures at once

[crosswritten on p. 1] I hope Mr A Stuart-Wortley[6] will not[7] write to me as I particularly dislike him[8] & I have no objection to your telling him this.

With kind regards
Yours Sincerely

V B Meux

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1.  Valerie Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more].

2.  white
Triple underlined. JW did not paint her again.

3.  ideal
Triple underlined.

4.  picture
Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228), which was well reviewed in 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

5.  Sir Henry
Sir Henry Bruce Meux (1857-1900), 3rd Baronet, brewer and patron [more].

6.  Mr A Stuart-Wortley
Archibald James Stuart-Wortley (1849-1905), painter, first President of the Society of Portrait Painters [more].

7.  not
Triple underlined.

8.  particularly dislike him
Triple underlined.