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System Number: 00235
Date: 3 March 1894
Author: Alfred Lys Baldry[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B9
Document Type: ALS

34. Comeragh Road
West Kensington
London. W.

March 3d 94.

Dear Mr Whistler

Your kindly appreciation of my article[2] in the Pall Mall Budget re. your remarks about Albert Moore[3] encourages me to ask a favour of you. I have recently undertaken the task - a pleasant one to me - of writing a life of Albert Moore. The book[4] is to be important both in size and treatment, is to be amply illustrated, and is to be as far as possible complete in every way. I feel that no biographical account of [p. 2] his period of development could be made complete without consulting you, his most intimate friend, and in a sense his master. Therefore I am writing now to ask you whether you would mind letting me have what personal details you can about him and the earlier stages of his life. I should be glad of any facts that you might think suitable for including in a biographical account, and any anecdotes that seem to you explanatory of any points in his history or artistic career - anything in fact that is likely to help in presenting him properly to [p. 3] present and future admirers. Any information about his earlier technical methods and about his way of working would be useful, and any remarks of yours about individual pictures would be of great interest to me.

Albert Moore lived such an isolated life that it is difficult to find out matters, which are really necessary for a book, without appealing to his friends - This must be my apology for troubling you.

Of his life after about 1880, when I first went as a pupil to him, I know a fair amount, but his earlier days not having come in any way under [p. 4] my own personal knowledge need explaining to me. He told me himself very many things about his younger attempts and struggles, but naturally such conversational history would be full of gaps, gaps which, I think, no one would be so well able to fill as yourself.

I hope you are well and that you have not suffered in any way from this changeable winter.

Believe me
very truly yours

A. L. Baldry.

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1.  Alfred Lys Baldry
Alfred Lys Baldry (1858-1939), writer on art [more].

2.  my article
Alfred Lys Baldry, 'Albert Moore', Pall Mall Budget, 1894.

3.  Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more].

4.  book
Albert Moore: his life and works by Alfred Lys Baldry (London: George Bell, 1894). Although there is no record of JW's reply, he did urge W. G. Robertson to help Baldry (#09405).