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Record 9 of 154

System Number: 11092
Date: 21 September [1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Louisine Waldron Elder[2]
Place: Liverpool
Repository: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Document Type: ALS[3]

[roundel with head of Leonardo]


Dont forget to write a line that I may know that you all found yourselves comfortably on a noble ship - also that the enclosed inflamatory [sic] work[4] reached you safely - and also that you each bought a copy of Oscar Wilde 's poems[5] - without which you cannot leave this land! - you have still time in Liverpool if not already [p. 2] accomplished - "Why certainly"! -

With kindest regards and best wishes to all - and great hopes that you will come back for the season -

Very sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler

Bon voyage! -

[butterfly signature]

Tite St. Chelsea London. -

Sept. 21 -

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1.  21 September [1881]
Dated from address and reference to Oscar Wilde.

2.  Louisine Waldron Elder
Louisine Waldron Havemeyer (1855-1929), née Elder, collector [more], had just bought five Venice pastels, perhaps ones that had been shown in Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881. They included Sunset, in red and brown (M.743) and Campo Sta. Marta - Winter Evening (M.753).

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to the printed address. Letter published in Weitzenhoffer, Frances, The Havemeyers: Impressionism comes to America, New York, 1986, p. 23.

4.  work
Perhaps the copy of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878 that JW inscribed to Havemeyer (#11091) or Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882].

5.  Oscar Wilde's poems
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more], published his Poems in June 1881.