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Record 33 of 71

System Number: 00325
Date: [May/August 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B101
Document Type: ALS[3]


Lieber Spuch[4]!

I am promising myself the greatest possible treat in showing you at last some work[5] that I am pleased with! -

Do come to my place either on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon at about 5. o'clock - I should prefer Wednesday if that were possible for you - but [p. 2] do come on one of those two days - for I care more for your sympathy than that of the rest as you will know - In short what are the rest at all! - "Nos [sic] autres" il y en a si peu! -[6]

Always Yours

[butterfly signature]

By the way you know Where I am?
in Tite Street next door to the White House[7]

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1.  [May/August 1881]
Dated from Tite Street address. JW had just moved into a studio and rooms at 13 Tite Street. An agreement was signed on 22 March but there were delays over the refurbishment of the property (see #02383).

2.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

3.  ALS
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address. '95-' is written in another hand at top left.

4.  Spuch
JW's nickname for Boehm.

5.  work
This may have included JW's portraits of Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more], upon which he was at work through the summer of 1881, Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228) and Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).

6.  nos autres ...peu
Fr., "We others," there are so few of us.

7.  White House
JW's former studio house at Tite Street, bought by Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more] in September 1879 in the aftermath of JW's bankruptcy.