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System Number: 08319
Date: 19 April 1892
Author: Duke of Marlborough[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/29/1
Document Type: ALS

[embossed coat of arms]

April 19. 92.

My dear Whistler -

I am very glad to hear you are realy coming to London for May. You will find us still in town and Her Grace and I will give you the time you require especially the Duchess[2], as she will not be as busy as I am. We are off to [Norway?] [p. 2] the end of May and must be home again the end of Aug and if you will come to us and Mrs Whistler[3] also at Blenheim in Septr. we shall be alone then and we will all work like niggers, I will study the "Gentle Art[4]---." which I have already learnt the first [illegible] [p. 3] of, & before we have done I have no doubt I shall have proved an apt pupil and a good sitter[5][.] Let me know when you return. I will interview the estimable Thompson[6] who I much respect but greatly fear on [p. 4] account of his Scotch tenacity! You must now stick to painting, and give up writing letters[7] about R A's and A R A's!!

Yrs truly


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1.  Duke of Marlborough
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more].

2.  Duchess
Lillian Warren Spencer-Churchill (d. 1909), née Price, Duchess of Marlborough [more].

3.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890. The second edition was published in 1892.

5.  sitter
JW made a sketch, r. and v.: Study for a proposed portrait of the Duke Marlborough (M.1337), but the portrait came to nothing.

6.  Thompson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He had been authorised to negotiate terms, see #08340.

7.  letters
See JW to the World, 30 March 1892, #11430.