The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08832
Date: 12 April [1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/44/7
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris.

April 12 -

Dear Mr Hanson -

I enclose cheque for £5 - which I first inadvertently crossed, but as you see I scratched the lines & initialled them - In case there were any misunderstanding at the Bank you can show this letter -

J. McN. Whistler

I wrote to Capt. McEvoy[3] the other day - I suppose he got the letter all right - you might ask him -

[p. 2] About the Grafton Gallery[4]. - It is not as though I were in town - However you can try the card I send.

You might send me any details that Mr Joubert[5] can give you of the model[6] whom he saw in Paris, or of whom he heard, who was calling herself by a name to which she had no right - Who was the painter to whom she sat? - and who told your friend? -

J McN Whistler

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1.  12 April [1893]
Dated from address.

2.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more]

3.  Capt. McEvoy
Captain Charles A. McEvoy (b. ca 1836), electrical engineer [more].

4.  Grafton Gallery
Possibly Hanson wished to visit 1st exhibition, Grafton Galleries, London, 1893.

5.  Mr Joubert
Félix Joubert (b. ca 1874), artist [more].

6.  model
It is possible this refers to Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more]: she had sometimes called herself 'Maud Whistler'. If she was still in Paris (which is not certain) her presence as a second 'Mrs Whistler' was potentially embarassing for JW and Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. However, it also seems hardly tactful of JW to remind his son that he had 'no right' to Whistler's name.