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System Number: 02653
Date: 23 December 1862
Author: George Aloysius Lucas[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L187
Document Type: ALS

Paris -

23rd Decr 1862

Dear Jimmy

I have your letter[2] enclosing draft for 280 francs & you will find enclosed the bills for the frames[3]. I had them delivered yesterday to the packer & I hope to be able to start them to day, "petite vitesse ", for 7A[4] where I trust they will reach you in safety & do not think that your brother in-law[5] can reproach good taste in either. The smaller is a beauty & has not the least look of being "hewn out of wood".

Saw Fantin[6] Sunday, the peaches[7] I coveted were not his, he had given them to the beast of a picture dealer (they are all, like the "Juges[8]", all beasts) so I could not [p. 2] make him an offer as I had intended.

I will certainly see the Westminster bridge[9] when the exhibition opens, Martinet[10] is giving concerts in his rooms & dont [sic] appear to occupy himself much about picture art & artists -

I will be repaid for the trouble if the frames are entirely to your taste & satisfaction, but will be more repaid with

The LITTLE THAMES[11] long thus -


Au revoir & tout à vous[12]

G. A. Lucas

12. M -

P. S   I enclose Also the Receipt for the box which I find has left for England


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1.  George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more].

2.  your letter

3.  frames
It is not certain which works were being framed; see Subject Unknown (YMSM 42) and Sea Piece (YMSM 43).

4.  petite vitesse
Fr., slow goods service. JW was living at 7A Queen's Road West in Chelsea.

5.  brother in-law
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. He did not acquire any new paintings at this time.

6.  Fantin
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more].

7.  peaches
Perhaps a reference to Still Life, Peaches and Greengage (1860). See Fantin-Latour, exh. catalogue, Wildenstein & Co, London, 10 October - 21 November 1984, cat. no. 8.

8.  Juges
Fr., Judges. There is a proverb to the effect that judges are beasts and beasts are judges!

9.  Westminster bridge
The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39), which was on show at [Exposition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1862.

10.  Martinet
Louis Martinet (1814-1895), history painter, Directeur des Beaux-Arts [more].

Possibly the etching The Little Pool (K.74), from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95) (excat 4).

12.  Au revoir & tout à vous
Fr., goodbye & most warmly.