UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00230
Date: [3/10 May 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Otto Henry Bacher[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B4
Document Type: ALS


'1885 (3)[3]'

'OTTO[4]'

My dear Bacher

Do write a line at once and tell us all that you think and all that you hear about my pictures in the Salon[5] -

I hear that the Lady Archibald Campbell[6] is capitally hung and looks lovely - you must like it - Duret[7] told me that the first day it seemed all "sunk in" [p. 2] but that it had been varnished since and is now in a perfect condition -

Is that so? -

How do you like his own portrait? doesn't he stand well? -

They say that this picture is hung rather high - but I daresay it is none the worse for that -

[p. 3] How about the photographs? Are you not going to send me any proofs? -

I had a very nice letter from Tom Way[8][.] tell him I shall answer it one of these days -

Perhaps I may get over to Paris soon - but not just yet -

The Madam[9] has been very ill you will be sorry to hear - but is now convalescent -

Remember me to Mr Lucas[10] - and [p. 4] tell me any studio news you can think of - Also send me any notice you may happen to see in the French papers -

Always sincerely Yrs

[butterfly signature]

'The Vale' -
Kings Road Chelsea -


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Notes:

1.  [3/10 May 1885]
Dated from the reference to the Salon, which opened on 1 May 1885.

2.  Otto Henry Bacher
Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909), book illustrator and etcher [more].

3.  '1885 (3)'
Written in another hand at the top of the sheet.

4.  OTTO
Collector's mark, printed in red ink.

5.  Salon
A reference to the 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885. JW exhibited two portraits, Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) and Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret (YMSM 252) (cat. nos. 2459-60).

6.  Lady Archibald Campbell
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

7.  Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more]. JW wrote to him about the exhibition at about the same time (see #09647). He mentions his portrait of Duret below: Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret (YMSM 252).

8.  Tom Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

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

10.  Mr Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more].