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Documents associated with: Ludovici, Albert, Jr
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System Number: 08064
Date: [November/December 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Albert Ludovici[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/18/5
Document Type: ALS


Mon cher Ludovici -

Demain soir ne pas me manquer[4]! -

You know, for doubtless your Father[5] has told you, about my proposition for the breakfast!

We must carry it through - It is one of my very most brilliant inspirations - and its success will take London by storm!!! - Whip up those who are to [p. 2] back up -

I should so much have liked to talk to you for a moment that I might tell you some of the details before we meet at night in the Galleries[6] -

Among others what I fear may startle you at first, though I am sure you will agree with me afterwards, is the price of the ticket - I mean to put this at two guineas[7] - Mon cher il le faut absoluement[8]!! - Remember however that it is only for once each season - and that the whole affair must be[9] simply perfect in its daintiness - which could not be the case under other circumstances that might arise were the sum smaller - donc il faut s'executer[10]!

I shall give five guineas -

[butterfly signature][11]

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1.  [November/December 1886]
Dated from signature and context. The letter was originally associated with an envelope postmarked 7 April 1898, #13882. However, it must date from before the death of Ludovici's father in 1894. The most likely date is during JW's Presidency of the Society of British Artists, and the event proposed may have been a Conversazione that took place on 11 December 1886. JW's letter to G. P. Jacomb Hood used similarly enthusiastic language to drum up support for this event (#12783).

2.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more].

3.  Private
Double underlined.

4.  Demain soir ne pas me manquer
Fr., don't let me down tomorrow evening.

5.  Father
Albert Ludovici, Sr (1820-1894), genre painter [more]. He was one of the signatories of a letter thanking L. Kellie for his assistance at the Conversazione, 14 December 1886, #02422.

6.  galleries
The galleries of the SBA in Suffolk Street.

7.  guineas
The tickets were eventually sold at 1 gn (£1.0.0) each; see A. J. Le Patourel to JW, 23 December 1886, #05275; see also the Conversazione ticket, #08703.

8.  Mon cher il le faut absoluement
Fr., my dear it is absolutely necessary!!

9.  must be
Double underlined.

10.  donc il faut s'executer
Fr., so you must comply.

11.  [butterfly signature]
'Under other ... signature]' is written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.