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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00984
Date: 2 February 1881
Author: Théodore Duret[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D190
Document Type: ALS[2]


11 Ryder street

2 février 1881.

Cher M. Whistler

J'ai appris, avec une vive peine, par M. Way, quel était le malheur[3] qui vous frappait. Il ne pouvait certes vous en arriver un plus grand et veuillez bien croire que je prends part à votre affliction.

Ne vous préoccupez point de notre article[4], Rien ne presse. Il a été seulement convenu avec [p. 2] la Gazette que je ferais un article sur vous, mais comme je ne savais quand je pourrais l'envoyer, on n'a pas parlé d'époque pour l'insertion, et je ne sais quand il pourra passer.

Vous ferez donc plus tard, à votre convenance, l'illustration[5] que vous m'avez promise, et je vous prie, en grâce, de n'y pas penser en ce [p. 3] moment.

Soyez assez bon pour m'informer de votre retour à Londres pour que j'aille vous serrer la main, et croyez moi

Votre bien dévoué,

Théodore Duret


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Translation:

Dear Mr Whistler

I heard, with great sadness, from Mr Way, of the misfortune which has struck you. There is certainly nothing worse which could happen to you and please believe that I share in your affliction.

Do not worry at all about our article. There is no hurry. It was only agreed by the [p. 2] Gazette that I should do an article about you, but since I did not know when I could send it, we did not discuss a date for its inclusion, and I do not know when it could happen.

Later therefore, at your convenience, do the illustration which you promised me and please, for mercy's sake, do not think about it at [p. 3] this moment.

Please be good enough to inform me of your return to London so that I may call on you and believe me

Your very devoted

Théodore Duret


Notes:

1.  Théodore Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more].

2.  ALS
This letter was published in MacDonald, Margaret F., and Joy Newton, 'Correspondence Duret-Whistler,' Gazette des Beaux-Arts, November 1987, pp. 150-64, at p. 152.

3.  malheur
He is probably referring to the death of Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more]. However, it is possible that the reference is to JW's illness, which is mentioned in JW's letters to Duret, #07878 and #09276.

4.  notre article
Duret, Théodore, 'James Whistler,' Gazette des Beaux-arts, vol. 23, April 1881, pp. 365-69.

5.  l'illustration
The article in Gazette des Beaux Arts included an etching, Alderney Street (K.238). Duret may be referring to the two small illustrations (one of them a butterfly signature) which appeared alongside it.