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System Number: 05956
Date: 16 December 1902
Author: Antonio Fradeletto[1]
Place: Venice
Recipient: JW
Place: [London][2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V45
Document Type: ALS


[roundel with Lion of St Mark holding the gospel]
Venise,

le 16. Déc, 1902.

Cher Maître,

Nous avons eu déjà l'honneur de vous communiquer notre intention d'organiser une Salle du portrait moderne et le plaisir de vous y inviter. Maintenant nous vous prions vivement et vouloir bien adhérer à notre invitation. Une Salle du portrait moderne ne se conçoit [p. 2] pas sans Whistler. J'espère donc, j'espère de tout mon coeur que vous nous réserverez quelques-uns de vos portraits si importants et si intéressants à tous les points de vue. Mais si vous étiez dans l'impossibilité absolue de le faire, auriez-vous du moins l'obligeance de m'indiquer quelques propriétaires de vos Portraits auxquels je puisse [p. 3] m'adresser?

Comme le temps nous presse, j'ose vous prier de me répondre aussitôt que possible. Et en vous remerciant d'avance, je suis, cher Maître, bien à vous

A Fradeletto

À Mr.
le Comm. James MacNeill Whistler
Paris


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Translation:

Dear Master,

We have already had the honour of communicating to you our intention of organising a Gallery of Modern Portraiture and our pleasure in inviting you to it. Now we request fervently that you kindly accept our invitation. A Gallery of Modern Portraiture is inconceivable [p. 2] without Whistler. I hope therefore, I hope from the bottom of my heart that you will reserve us some of your portraits, so important and so interesting in every regard. But if it were absolutely impossible for you to do so, would you at least be so kind as to notify me of some of the Owners of your portraits whom I could contact?

As time is scarce, I dare to request that you answer me as soon as possible. And thanking you in advance, I am dear Master, sincerely yours

A Fradeletto


Notes:

1.  Antonio Fradeletto
Antonio Fradeletto (1858-1930), literary historian, art critic and writer, radical politician, and general secretary of the Venice Biennale [more]. Fradeletto is inviting JW to participate in the 5th Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1903.

2.  [London]
The letter was addressed to Paris, but JW was actually in London.