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System Number: 04998
Date: 21 September [1894][1]
Author: Alfred Atmore Pope[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P638
Document Type: ALS

'Post mark / 22nd Sept / 1894.'


Sept 21

My dear Mr. Whistler

Your favor in acknowledgement of my previous lines came duly to hand.

I received the bill for the frame from M. Hubert[3] and turning it over to our good landlady Mrs. Chaplin[4] for her to get a Paris draft from her bankers - most convenient - She up & encloses draft with the account - I presume presume it has come safe to his hands but her sending it was a surprise and now in the stir & mess of papers and things I cannot find M. Huberts letter - So Miss Theodate[5] could write him a line - Possibly tomorrows post may bring receipt before we leave for Liverpool[.] I believe I asked for the shipment to be made through [Kaur?] & Co. Rue Scribe direct to me to Cleveland in bond -

[p. 2] I called on Parker[6] & shopped a little with him too - our thanks - & this should include Parkers - to you -

Yes I have seen the two pictures at Goupils - I agree with you in liking the "Chelsea Snow[7]" the best and liking it well too but I cannot live up to Ned Brooks[8] suggestions - I must go home recover my breath and build up to the anticipation of "The figure piece[9]["] which which if unrealized will make me unhappy - You know everything comes to the Collector who waits I believe I have the best - the finest - Degas[10] and Manet[11] in America & I want to overmatch them with the finest Whistler - We ought to bring this about - YOU and i -

Well! we have been the rounds[.] When I asked "little Thomson"[12] to arrange matters - he was most responsive - He gave [p. 3] the light work first - He took us to Ionides[13] first which he represented as the most artistically decorated house in London - God help London then - he raced us up and he raced us down & into the pantry - It put me into a dreadful state but unexpectedly I came out of it under the influence of little Miss Alexander[14] - I had thought I was incurable, and then we soared in the "Peacock room[15]" -

Ned Brooks fortunately was in town - to see us off so he and Mrs Brooks joined my little party and we went down & in & on and up[16] together -

Decoration in thy name lies all there is in antithesis. Well - we go - we take with us - among other beautiful things to live with - the memory of meeting the [p. 4] Whistlers - and the hope of future meeting -

I want to enlist the whole family - & say this to include Miss Phillips[17] - in the interest of my getting the figure piece - The Whistler - the supremest note -

I expect little leaves will come accross the Atlantic with partial [Acorns?] of the Masters theme - They will be welcome -

Mrs Pope[18] & Theodate send their kindest regards - - join me - to you and the ladies -

Sincerely Yours

Alfred A. Pope

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1.  21 September [1894]
Year noted by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], from a postmark.

2.  Alfred Atmore Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter of 19 September 1894, #09343.

3.  M. Hubert
A. Hubert, Paris framemaker [more].

4.  Mrs. Chaplin
Mrs Chaplin, A. A. Pope's landlady at Bucklands, London.

5.  Miss Theodate
Theodate Pope (1867-1946), later Mrs Riddle, architect and collector [more].

6.  Parker
Possibly James Unitt Parkes (ca 1846 - d.1913), jeweller, silver merchant and goldsmith [more]. JW had suggested Pope could buy rugs and other decorative items (see JW to A. A. Pope, [19 September 1894], #09343).

7.  Chelsea Snow
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174).

8.  Ned Brooks
Edward ('Ned') Brooks, artist, brother-in-law of A. A. Pope.

9.  up
Double underlined.

10.  The figure piece
Possibly he meant a portrait. He did later buy Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

11.  Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917), artist [more]. Dancers in Pink is still at Hillstead Museum.

12.  Manet
Edouard Manet (1832-1883), painter [more]. The Guitar Player is also at Hillstead.

13.  little Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

14.  Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

15.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

16.  Peacock room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

17.  Miss Phillips
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

18.  Mrs Pope
Ada Brooks Pope, wife of the collector A. A. Pope [more].