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System Number: 02191
Date: 11 January [1895]
Author: John Mead Howells[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H287
Document Type: ALS


58 r. de l'Université.

Jan 11th

Dear Mrs Whistler:

This note is the one that shd. have gone with a "Harper's Weekly[3]" - wh. I sent you a day or two since - containing my w[r]etched Beaux Arts article - that you were polite enough to insist on seeing - The therein profanity wh. I carefully marked out - was gratuitous on the part of someone - presumably the proof reader chez Harper. I send this off not quite sure that it will still find you in London - and almost hoping that it may cross [p. 2] you on the channel - for Howard[4] - and I are daily expecting you back to where you belong - in our ideas - at the top of the rue du Bac. Howard is sitting by the fire, very much folded up on a small Louis XVI sofa he has bought - and sends you every greeting. You are missing some terrible weather here - wh. has clothed Paris in an unnatural little coat of snow - wh. only serves however to make her look as if she were painted white - & hardly suggest[s] real snow - I have just dined with Mrs Bert Hale[5] & had long accounts of the portrait - à propos of portraits I trust the man in Wellington St has been set duly to work cleaning & scrubbing the plate on wh. Mildred[6] is pictured - she clamors for a proof - and cannot be silenced.

myself am as usual working so hard at all my stupid occupations that I cannot even serve to give you news of Paris - except that it is all waiting for your immediate reappearance - and that your door bell will be torn from its socket on the first day that we get news of your return - Please remember me very much to Miss Philip[7] & Mr Whistler - and please remember me too yourself & believe me

Yours truly

John Mead Howells

[p. 3, sketches of two tables and a wall sconce[8]]


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Notes:

1.  John Mead Howells
John Mead Howells (1868-1959), architect [more].

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Harper's Weekly
Harper's Weekly Magazine.

4.  Howard
Howard Gardiner Cushing (1869-1916), painter [more].

5.  Mrs Bert Hale
Margaret Curzon Hale (1872-1948), née Marquand, wife of H. D. Hale [more]. She had posed for alterations made to Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

6.  Mildred
Mildred Howells (1873-1966), painter and poet [more]. She sat for A Portrait: Mildred Howells (C.112). Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], who printed the lithograph, had his office in Wellington Street.

7.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], or her older sister, Ethel.

8.  two tables and a wall sconce
B. Whistler, Two tables and a wall sconce(z410), in pencil.