System Number: 02653
Date: 23 December 1862
Author: George Aloysius Lucas
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L187
Document Type: ALS
23rd Decr 1862
I have your letter enclosing draft for 280 francs & you will find enclosed the bills for the frames. I had them delivered yesterday to the packer & I hope to be able to start them to day, "petite vitesse ", for 7A where I trust they will reach you in safety & do not think that your brother in-law can reproach good taste in either. The smaller is a beauty & has not the least look of being "hewn out of wood".
Saw Fantin Sunday, the peaches I coveted were not his, he had given them to the beast of a picture dealer (they are all, like the "Juges",
all beasts) so I could not [p. 2] make him an offer as I had intended.
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||long thus -|
Au revoir & tout à vous
G. A. Lucas
12. M -
P. S I enclose Also the Receipt for the box which I find has left for England
G A L
4. petite vitesse
Fr., slow goods service. JW was living at 7A Queen's Road West in Chelsea.
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.
Fr., Judges. There is a proverb to the effect that judges are beasts and beasts are judges!
11. The LITTLE THAMES
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.