My dear Mr Whistler -
My husband asks me to write and say that he hopes his wire reached you this morning. It was sent as soon as the picture was in his possession in the atelier -
You will feel how much he regrets that it was not possible to conclude the purchase for less that 8500 francs
It had been arranged with Carmen and Rossi yesterday that it could be obtained by them for 8000 - my husband pretending that you would only give 7000 that he himself would offer 500 & Rossi said he would give another 500, and they were all to go to M. Georges Petit this morning - Carmen coming here first -
As she did not come Mr Addams went to her house and word had been left with the concierge that "Elle ne peut pas arranger vôtre affaire" and in spite of "thundering knocks" at Madame Carmen's door she would not be seen.
Then my husband went immediately to [p. 2] M. Georges Petit. There also he found the same desire not to be interviewed - but getting
his Monsieurs home address called on him there & finally Madame G. Pétit sent him back to the gallery with word that he was to be seen by one of the gentlemen there -
Finally - it was said that the price was 8500 frs & nothing less -
That the picture had originally belonged to M. Stevens & was being sold by him -
My husband said he would take the picture but they said "But we have it not!["]
Then he asked for M. Stevens address - and was then told "But he has it not'
Enfin - it was arranged that it should be handed over to my husband on receipt of 8500 frs & "should be fetched from some gentleman whom they were not at liberty to name - and after waiting twenty five minutes it was brought & my husband has a stamped receipt - It is now [p. 3] here and we await your instructions concerning its disposal.
And I think that is all there is to tell. M Addams says it is all very shady -
Our studio is our delight today for we are permitting ourselves the pleasure of many many glances at your wonderful canvas -
Avec tous nos compliments Maître
[p. 4] I feel that it will be pleasure to you to know that my husband's portrait of M le Vicomte de Beaumont is just magnificent - I received the greatest impression when I returned to the atelier on Thursday and first saw it -
James McNeill Whistler Esq.
74 Cheyne Walk
London S. W.
[stamp:] REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / POSTES 25 / DROITS DE L'HOMME /
[postmarks x 2:] PARIS 43 / R. LITTRE / 14 / 14 - 6 / 02
1. [14 June 1902]
Dated from the postmark.
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. JW suspected that Carmen was removing and selling works from his studio. He was able to recover Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505) for 8500 francs through negotiations with Carmen and the dealer Georges Petit (who had supposedly sold the picture to another buyer) thanks to the Addams's investigations (see C. Addams to JW, #00110, #00112; I. Addams to JW, #00121; and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).
7. Madame G. Pétit
Mme Georges Petit, wife of the dealer.
9. portrait of M le Vicomte de Beaumont
The portrait is untraced. The subject may have been Louis Frédéric Guillaume Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (1834-1910), vicomte de Beaumont.