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System Number: 04104
Date: [May 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [Paris?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M374
Document Type: ALd


Je suis très touché, cher Monsieur de Montesquiou Comte,

des vers exquis[3] que vous m'envoyez je reçois de vous - - et je me vante d'être l'occasion même la suis fier de penser que mon travail ait pu inspirer une poésie aussi fine - un chef d'œuvre aussi délicat -

Je vous envoie l'eau-forte[4] que vous avez préférée - et je vous dirai que votre choix est encore une flatterie subtile à laquelle tenant d'un artiste à un autre l'artiste est tres sensible - [p. 2] puisque c'est la reconnaisance de la reconnaitre distinguer de [deleted word, illegible] la dernière œuvre, est toujours une admission reconaitre de son progres le plus bel eloge - beau compliment qu'on puisse lui faire - n'est-ce pas? -


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Translation:

I am very touched, dear Count,

at the exquisite verses I received from you, and I am proud to think that my work could have inspired such fine poetry, such a delicate masterpiece.

I am sending you the etching which you liked best and I would tell you that your choice is also a subtle flattery of which the artist is very aware since to distinguish the latest work is always the best compliment that one can make him, is it not?


Notes:

1.  [May 1887?]
This is a draft of #13589, which was dated 'May 1887' when published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 3, pp. 40-41.

2.  Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

3.  vers exquis
Montesquiou sent a copy of his poem 'Nox et Lux', and later, a second copy of it, #04105.

4.  l'eau-forte
JW probably sent him Village Sweet-shop (K.251) (see Montequiou's letters to JW, 10 May 1887, #04104, and another, #04105).