The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00616
Date: 12 July 1888
Author: Theodore Child[1]
Place: Berlin
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C117
Document Type: ALS


[engraved illustration of hotel]


12 July 1888


Dear Mr Whistler

Your telegram[2] arrived just as I was starting from Paris. This will explain why I have not replied sooner. The nocturne of the Bridge[3] is the picture which is most "engravable" and M. Durand-Ruel[4] has kindly placed it in M. Baude's[5] hands where it will be safe. In a month or two you shall have a proof.

I should like also if possible to engrave the girls balcony & flowers[6].

Yours faithfully

Theodore Child

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1.  Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

2.  telegram
Untraced. Child was on his way to Russia to work on a series of articles on Russian art for Harper's Monthly Magazine. They were published in July, August and December 1889.

3.  nocturne of the Bridge
Child had asked JW for photographs of his works for an article he was planning for Harper's Monthly Magazine about American artists at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1889 (Child, Theodore, 'American Artists at the Paris Exhibition,' Harpers New Monthly Magazine, vol. 79, no. 472, September 1889, pp. 489-521). See also J. R. Osgood to JW, #02041, #02042 and T. Child to JW, #00615. 'The Bridge' was probably Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140), that was reproduced in Child's article.

4.  M. Durand-Ruel
Probably Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer [more].

5.  M. Baude's
Charles Baude (b. 1853), engraver [more].

6.  girls balcony & flowers
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56). It was also reproduced in Child's article for Harper's.