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System Number: 00978
Date: 8 May 1888
Author: Paul Durand-Ruel[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D184
Document Type: ALS


DURAND-RUEL
16, RUE LAFFITTE
NEW-YORK: 297. FIFTH AVENUE

ADRESSES TÉLÉGRAPHIQUES
DURANDRUEL-PARIS
DURANDRUEL-NEWYORK

Paris

May 8th 1888

Dear Mr. Whistler,

I intend to open on the 20th inst., in my galleries, an Exhibition[2] of about 150 of the best pictures by Messrs. Monet[3], Renoir[4], Sisley[5] and a few others and of sculptures of Mr. Rodin[6]. -

Most of these pictures would be lent by amateurs. -

Would you be disposed to lend me a few of your works for this Exhibition? Please let me have your reply by return. -

I will lend my rooms [p. 2] for one month and undertake the advertisement, press and invitations without any charge to the Exhibitors.

I trust I will receive your favourable answer on Friday morning; I will then be exactly decided as to the Exhibition and able to wire you, if needed, for the forwarding of your works.

I remain, Dear Mr. Whistler,
Your's very truly.

Paul Durand Ruel

Would you also be kind enough to give me the names of a few amateurs, having pictures of your's & where I could address myself, in your name, in case they would be willing to lend the pictures.

[p. 3] 'Durand Ruel[7] -
16. Rue Lafitte [sic] -
Paris -

All Telegraph through to your agents to call for pictures -

Whistler
Tower House
Tite Street
Chelsea
London'


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Notes:

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

2.  Exhibition
Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888. JW sent nocturnes, etchings and drawings including Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), borrowed from Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], to the exhibition.

3.  Monet
Claude Monet (1840-1926), artist [more].

4.  Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), painter [more].

5.  Sisley
Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), painter [more].

6.  Mr. Rodin
René François Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), sculptor [more].

7.  'Durand Ruel ... London'
Note written on verso of letter in JW's hand, in pencil.