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System Number: 09215
Date: [1/4 June 1858][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alfred Emilien O'Hara, Comte de Nieuwerkerke[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Archives des Musées nationaux, Paris
Call Number: P30-Whistler
Document Type: ALS

'fait 5 juin[3]'

Monsieur le Directeur

J'ai l'honneur de vous prier de m'envoyer une autorisation pour copier le tableau de Mons. Ziegler[4] (au Musée du Luxembourg) representant [sic] "La Vision de St. Luc[5]".

Je vous serais fort reconnaissant Monsieur le Directeur de vouloir bien m'accorder cette faveur le plus tôt possible. -

J'ai l'honneur d'être, Monsieur le Directeur, vôtre tres humble, et tres obeissant serviteur

J. Whistler (No. 3338.)

8. Rue de Paradis[6] au Marais

Le numéro de ma carte[7] est 3338.

'[Sd. P30 Whistler[8]]'

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'done 5 June'

Dear Sir

I have the honour to beg you to send me an authorisation to copy the picture by Mr Ziegler (at the Luxembourg Museum) representing "The Vision of St. Luke".

I should be most grateful Sir if you would kindly grant me this favour as soon as possible. -

I have the honour to be, Sir, your very humble and obedient servant

J. Whistler (No. 3338.)

8 Rue de Paradis au Marais

The number of my card is 3338.

'Sd. P30 Whistler'


1.  [1/4 June 1858]
Dated from the endorsement; see below.

2.  Alfred Emilien O'Hara
Alfred Emilien O'Hara (1811-1892), Comte de Nieuwerkerke, sculptor, Directeur-General des Musées [more].

3.  fait 5 juin
Endorsed in top left corner in another hand.

4.  Ziegler
Jules-Claude Ziegler (1804-1856), painter and ceramicist [more].

5.  La Vision de St. Luc
Copy after Ziegler's 'La Vision de St Luc' (YMSM 15); this copy was commissioned by Captain Seth Williams (b. 1841?), of Stonington, CT, an early patron of JW [more]. It remained in Stonington until recently, when it was acquired for a private collection and subsequently donated to the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow (GLAHA 53957).

6.  Rue de Paradis
Bottin lists several small businesses at 8 rue de Paradis-Marais in 1857: A. Lapotaire, 'bij. en or'; Quyo, 'chaussures'; Richard, 'fab. de lunettes'; and Sedillon, 'ancien notaire, affaires diverses'. A few years later Hardy-Milori Couleurs had their office at Rue Paradis-Marais 6.

7.  carte
A second card signed by Nieuwerkerke is dated 17 June 1856 (#04523).

8.  Sd. P30 Whistler
Written in another hand.