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System Number: 09209
Date: [23 October 1886][1]
Author: Maud Franklin[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Call Number: 30 folder, W-Lucas file
Document Type: ALS

4-30 o'clock.

Cher Monsieur -

Very glad to get a note[4] from you - and of course Jimmy will do it when it comes - at present there is nothing - had it come this morning I should have returned it by this same post so that you would have got it back by tomorrow - as it is I dont see how you can have it before Tuesday - for [p. 2] we cant Register here on Sundays - It may be here before Seven this evening in which case I will send it off tonight and then you will get it first thing on Monday morning or perhaps tomorrow evening[.] It ought to be here before this.

How are you all? We are both working like niggers - I am printing Etchings[5] - would [p. 3] you like a few

Will you thank Mr Child[6] for his pretty telegram & tell him he had better write to Jimmy about the "Ten o'clock"[7] -

You never gave me the address of your Wine Merchant[,] do send it and does he give credit?

Say many things de ma part à Madame[8] et a mon[sieur] et Madame [p. 4] Eugéne[9] - Is there any news of Henri[10]?

I thought if I didnt write to explain the delay you would think all your "Quick Quick Quicks" were wasted words - You shall have it returned to you at once so dont fear. Much love to you both.



Mrs. Godwin[11] is now a widow. He died two weeks ago.

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Mon George Lucas
21 Rue de l'arc de Triomphe
Barrière de l'Etoile
[Postmark:] WEST BROMPTON S. W. / 4 6 / OC 23 / 86
[Postmark:] PARIS R. BAYEN / [2?] E 24 / OCT / 86


1.  [23 October 1886]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Maud Franklin
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

3.  George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more]. This letter was published, with some minor differences ('Quiches' for 'Quicks') in Mahey, John A., 'The Letters of James McNeill Whistler to George A. Lucas,' Art Bulletin, XLIX, September 1967, pp. 247-57, No. XXV.

4.  a note
For once, Lucas did not record sending or receiving a letter to JW or Maud; it later emerges that he had sent JW an etching to be signed, which JW refused to do (see Mahey, op. cit., no. XXV, and Maud's letter to G. A. Lucas, 26 October 1886, #09210)

5.  I am printing Etchings
A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6). This is the only record of Maud Franklin being involved in printing. JW had several other assistants including Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more], and Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

6.  Mr Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more]. He had sent JW a telegram on 13 October 1886 (#00608).

7.  write to Jimmy about the 'Ten o'clock'
JW's 'Ten O'Clock lecture was given in London 20 February 1885.

8.  Madame
Octavie Josephine de Macedo-Carvalho (1833-1909), née Marchand, probable mistress of George A. Lucas [more].

9.  Eugéne
Eugène José de Macedo-Carvalho (1854-1928), son of Octavie Josephine de Macedo-Carvalho [more].

10.  Henri
Possibly Henry Walters (1841-1931), collector, founder of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD [more].

11.  Mrs. Godwin
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].Godwin died on October 1886.