The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05443
Date: [14 May/June 1896][1]
Author: Walter Richard Sickert[2]
Place: Venice
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S87
Document Type: ALI

940 Calle dei Frati

My dearest Jimmy

You must always remember now how you made her[3] life, from the moment when you took it up, absolutely perfect & happy. Your love has been as perfect & whole as your work, & that is the utmost that can be achieved. Nor has her exquisite comprehension of you, & companionship with you ceased now - Never let yourself forget that her spirit at your side is now, & will always be, for sanity, & gaiety, & work: & you must not fail her now either, in the your hardest peril.

Your devoted & affectionate

W. S.

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1.  [14 May/June 1896]
Dated from the reference to the death of Beatrix Whistler on 10 May 1896.

2.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more]. Sickert had known Beatrix well, had worked with her in JW's studio, and made an etching of her when she was posing for Harmony in Red: Lamplight (YMSM 253).

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