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Record 8 of 9

System Number: 09013
Date: [1893/1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

My dear Alan -

I would have such a lot to talk to you about since we last were together that I had better know how far you have got! -

Meanwhile I wish you would tell me who is the one, who, in the matter of buying for the Museum marbles, bronzes etc, would be the one really to act? - What I mean is, [p. 2] is Armstrong[3] the one who looks at the works, judges, approves, and orders the purchase - or is Middleton[4] the better man to apply to in case one has anything to sell - I promised to ask this question of you privately for some people here, who [are] anxious to get the Museum to buy some of Clesingers[5] works -

I dont know the statues myself - but I believe that some steps are being taken towards the authorities of the Museum -

You might write a line and tell me who is the best to approach - etc etc

How are you? - Why do you never come over here? -

With kindest things to your wife[6] & yourself -
Always Yours

J McN Whistler

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1.  [1893/1895]
Dated from the address and the reference to Middleton, who died unexpectedly in 1896.

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

3.  Armstrong
Thomas Armstrong (1832-1911), artist and Director of Art, South Kensington Museum [more].

4.  Middleton
John Henry Middleton (1846-1896), architect, Director of South Kensington Museum from 1893-1896 [more]; he was the Art Director of South Kensington Museum 1893-1896.

5.  Clesingers
Either Georges-Philippe Clésinger (1788-1852), sculptor [more], or Jean-Baptiste (Auguste) Clésinger (1814-1883), sculptor and painter [more], his son.

6.  wife
Marian Fairman Cole (b. ca 1812, m. 1833), née Bond, wife of Henry Cole [more].