Documents associated with: Whistler, William
Record 8 of 16
System Number: 06625
Date: [15/22 April 1894?]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W619
Document Type: ALS
110 Rue du Bac
My Dear Nellie,
Your letter has made me very sad - and Jimmie is going to write to you - Do go and see Mr Webb - he is wonderful in the way he manages things - you know - we never have had any trouble with the bills - since we went to him - He will be sure to see some way out of it. Tell him too - your idea about the notice board on no 28 - perhaps he would [p. 2] see a way of getting the people to have one there still - are there any railings in front of it? I like the sound of Hastings better than Homburgh, dont you? Homburgh is such a way off - and you would be perfectly miserable all that way off from Mrs. Sophie. Jimmie has a craze just now - about the British Isles - which will pass - He makes me feel quite patriotic sometimes, or rather he used to. I am getting used to it now - [p. 3] How would the Isle of Wight do - or some where on the South Coast - In this I have rather a selfish motive. I want Jimmie to let us take a cottage some where in a warm place - So we might cross to Southhampton. It would do him good - and he could paint the sea pieces all the people are asking for, and could be near Willie - that is of course - if you [
illegible] went there - [ illegible] instead of to Homburgh. But does Willie like the sea? Jimmie does - that is the only country he can tolerate.
I heard from [p. 4] Mrs Sickert last night. she does not want to come - evidently - and I can quite understand it if she is leaving the Vale - besides - now it would be no use, for the picture has gone in - It is very pretty - Jimmie has given her beautiful soft brown hair - no grey - ! I think she liked it - You feel she must have been exactly like the picture when she was 20 - ! It is exactly like her - a funny little fat lady - & [
illegible] a very graceful [ two illegible words] one rather Dutch in character.
[p. 5] There are an awful lot of blots and scratchings but the french quill pens are not half as good as the English ones.
I am so much obliged about the Japanese stuff. Its an awful bore that they have so little. We have had the room repainted. Jimmie did not like it - now it is green and white - a grey blue green. So perhaps the green crepe would go with it. Would you send me a yard to see - [p. 6] I wanted to cover the sofa and chairs with the pieces I have - Liberty here, charges [
illegible] 20 fr a piece! perhaps they have something similar which would work in with mine - I am posting you a large piece to see. It would not much matter if the chairs were not exactly alike in design - at a distance you really dont know what the patterns are all about.
We heard the other day that Sarasate is [p. 7] quite under the thumb of Goldschmidt and Madame Marx - in fact, she was the attraction. She is the illegitimate daughter of Lamoreau, the man who runs the concerts here - The musical people
here - all seem to think that Sarasate will gradually be worked out of it by Goldschmidt, who is supposed to be going to marry the lady.
Miss Bronson told us the latest Venice scandal - Young Browning and his wife have seperated. [sic] I dare say [p. 8] you heard that they had a model acting as a kind of house keeper. There were funny stories about her and a baby - (not Brownings) but Mrs Browning liked her - and over looked all her past - &c &c - in fact she was such a superior person she took her to live with them - She was such a help to Mrs B - &c - - ! Well, then Mrs B got jealous - and asked Browning to send her away - which he refused to do - and retired to Asolo with her. That is as far as they have got - Mrs Browning remains in the palace with the [p. 9] money! He has got the lady and no money. Mrs B. says she wont divorce him - but will take him back in 20 years - perhaps I am exaggerating - it may be 12 years! She may have changed her mind by that time!
I must stop if this is to go - besides the pen wont write any more! Now - cheer up and go and see Webb - I am sure every thing will be all right - Jimmie will soon be making lots [p. 10] of money and then Willy [
illegible] will have a long rest and get quite strong - and he will make lots too -
Jimmie will write tomorrow - today all the things must be in the Champs de Mars.
With much love from us both
1. [15/22 April 1894?]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).
Liberty, Lazenby and Co., London.
15. Mrs Browning
Fanny Coddington Browning (d. 1935), wife (1887) of the painter R. B. Browning.
16. Champs de Mars
4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894, which opened on 24 April 1894.