The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03175
Date: [August/September 1894][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd[3]
Place: [Le Poulda, Brittany]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/222
Document Type: MsLc[4]

110. Rue du Bac.

My dear Peter -

That horrid red boy[5] has kept us here all this time!! and now Jimmie's brother[6] wants to come for a fortnight!! Will you be at Poulda until the end of September. I do so want to come, even if it is only for a week.

Jimmie is going to the Court about the red boy and his Mama, again tomorrow, I dont know if that will be the end. I hope so for it is an awful nuisance! Ethel[7] is going to England this week and then the great event is to come off on her return, when my brother-in-law is gone.

There is another great piece of matrimonial news - The eldest Miss Kinsella[8] is engaged to Mr. Robinson[9], do you know him? I believe he is a son of Sir Hercules Robinson[10], the governor of Melbourne. He is an artist. There is the greatest excitement in the Kinsella camp about it. I suppose the others will go off at once, now!

With much affection from us all,


Beatrix Whistler.

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1.  [August/September 1894]
Dated from the reference to 'September', and to other letters from B. Whistler to A. Studd, #03169, #03170, #03174.

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

3.  Arthur Haythorne Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

4.  MsLc
Copied by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

5.  red boy
Eugène, presumably a servant boy, who seems to have stolen some of Beatrix's silver and a diamond stud from the house. See B. Whistler to A. H. Studd, #03174.

6.  Jimmie's brother
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

7.  Ethel
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. The 'great event' was probably her wedding to Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more]. In fact, it did not take place until July 1895.

8.  eldest Miss Kinsella
Perhaps Kate Kinsella, sister of Louise Kinsella (d. 1923), patron of JW [more].

9.  Mr. Robinson
Hercules Arthur Temple Robinson (1866-1937), was a soldier, not an artist, and was not betrothed to Miss Kinsella, as far as is known.

10.  Sir Hercules Robinson
Sir Hercules George Robert Robinson (1824-1897), civil servant and colonial governor.