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System Number: 09012
Date: [November 1881/April 1882][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Private collection
Call Number: Copies C5
Document Type: ALS[3]


BEEFSTEAK CLUB,
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.

Allan Cole you ought to have been to see me long ago! It is all very well to say that I have never written - of course I have n't - though I always meant to - Now come round on Sunday next at about half past two - or three - in short before the light goes - [p. 2] and give the most affectionate message to your father[4] and say he must come too -

'impossible[5]'

Say also that I am most determined to paint him[6] - and beg that he will set aside next Tuesday for that purpose -

'impossible'

Meanwhile both come on Sunday afternoon and we can settle about it -

Make my compliments to Mrs Cole[7] and say that I am going to beg her to come on another afternoon when I shall be able to offer her a cup of tea in the Studio -

Always

[butterfly signature]

13. Tite Street Chelsea -

'H. Cole[8]'

'Please let me[9] have this back.
A. S. C.


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Notes:

1.  [November 1881/April 1882]
Dated from reference to portrait of Sir Henry Cole and to daylight.

2.  Alan Summerly Cole
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more].

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to address. Published in Grasberger sale catalogue, Philadelphia, c. 1926, p. 12, lot 22. See sale catalogue entries, #09023, #10901.

4.  your father
Sir Henry ('King') Cole (1808-1882), civil servant and museum director [more].

5.  'impossible'
Written twice in another hand (probably that of Alan Cole) in right-hand margin. This may be an indication of Sir Henry Cole's illness. He died on 18 April 1882 having posed for JW (see note below) the previous day despite his illness (see Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980, cat. no. 233).

6.  paint him
JW began a portrait of Sir Henry Cole, Portrait of Sir Henry Cole (YMSM 233) in 1881 having seen him in a cab wearing evening dress (see Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980, cat. no. 233).

7.  Mrs Cole
Margaret ('Margie') Elizabeth Cole (b. ca 1860, m. 1879), née Clark, wife of Alan S. Cole [more].

8.  'H. Cole'
Written in another hand in right-hand margin.

9.  'Please let me ... A. S. C.'
Note written in the hand of Alan Cole.