The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04743
Date: [28 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P383
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Major

I'm all right! - so that's all right -

Crossing - as usual - the duck pond - not a ripple! -

Hotel Cecil - bath and bed - with a couple of hours sleep -

British tea - and weak buttered toast and finally home again - at the Court[4] -

[p. 2] I want you to drive over to Chapuis[5] in the morning and say that Monsieur hopes he is getting on all right with the two ovals - and his frames - Ask when I am to have them -

Also say that I want him to put in hand at once a dozen more canvasses of the same sizes as the last - there were two measurements - he must have them on his books - say then a dozen of each - say they are for heads, and that I want them at once - Exactly like the last [p. 3] only not quite so black, as I have already told them him -

Then you might see about the studio - I mean all the felts and backgrounds -

Did you get off the letters to Miss Kinsella[6] - and Dr. Davenport[7]?

with kindest messages to your Mama[8] - who is, I hope, better -

The General -

Find[9] somewhere on the wardrobe in the bedroom - or on the table in drawing room a crumpled up letter with scrap of French newspaper stuck on - - from "[Geyes Bourgeois?]," and take care of it -

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'OCT. 28th 1898'

Madmoiselle Birnie-Philip
110. Rue du Bac
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 6d
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT MAIL / OC 28 / 98
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBUTION / 1E 29 / OCT / 98


1.  [28 October 1898]
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the envelope, possibly by the recipient.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border. The letter was written in pencil.

4.  Court
JW was staying with William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

5.  Chapuis
Chapuis, maker of canvases and frames [more]. Oval paintings with the Maison Chapuis stamp include A Paris Model (YMSM 458), Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit (YMSM 506) and Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen (YMSM 507).

6.  Miss Kinsella
Louise Kinsella (d. 1923), patron of JW [more]. Rose et vert: L'Iris - Portrait of Miss Kinsella (YMSM 420).

7.  Dr. Davenport
Dr Isaac Burnet Davenport (fl. 1890-1900), dentist in Paris [more].

8.  your Mama
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

9.  Find
Written in the left margin of p. 3 at right angles to the main text.