110 Rue du Bac - Paris -
Dear Moore -
Upon the whole I think I prefer people who shoot - or fish - or play Hallma - to those who "paint very nicely indeed in water colours"! -
But your friends the Edens are of course charming - and I shall be delighted to know them -
D'ont [sic] let Sir William call at the Studio however, - as you did, without letting me know beforehand - as I am curiously busy just now and it would be too bad that he should climb up all those stairs, and I not be able to receive him after all. -
You see I d'ont always find myself in the humour to let people in as I did you that day - which by the way is not without a certain taint of flattery! - But you had been writing such jolly rollicking nonsense in the speaker which I had been buying for your sake only, that I could'nt [sic] help it! - You know as I told you, you have no end of go in those "Art" things of yours - and heaven forbid that you should
be ever be more right and less mad! - but sometimes I think it a pity - you might do such a pretty deal of harm! if you could only know - Never mind!
The things themselves are beautiful [p. 2] divilments [sic]! - and you have never sent me your book? -
Are you coming over here? -
Tell me also is that story of yours, that I was reading in The Pall Mall, continued else where? for we were much interested in the lady . . and felt that her career had most unqualifiably come to an abrupt full stop! -
What possessed you to do that pas seul of quite carnal & uncalled for excitement before Ingres "Source"? - a short legged knobbly [sic] kneed ill begotten wench! - Why now draw attention to this unholy sort of Bank holiday passion for her? - so
sort out of date too, even for a pioneer - and why call her "Greek"! so near the Goddess on the staircase! -
Well! well! - What shall I say to you unless it be "continuez"! - as McMahon said to coloured "gentleman" of The École Poletechnique! -
J McN Whistler
December 3rd 1893 -
The board game 'Halma'.
4. the Edens
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], who later commissioned a portrait of Lady Sybil Frances Eden (1867-1945), née Grey [more]. Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408) became the cause of a serious dispute over ownership, a lawsuit and a book: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden v. Whistler, [n.p.], 1897.
Moore wrote articles for the London based journal, The Speaker.
Moore, George, Modern Painting, London, 1893; a copy is in Glasgow University Library (Whistler 101).
7. Pall Mall
An article in the Pall Mall Gazette or Budget; not identified.
8. pas seul
Fr., solo dance.