System Number: 06717
Date: [1/5 August 1892]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 247
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: TLc
33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.
My dear Nellie:
I wrote at once to Walter Sickert, after reading your letter - and said that [he] had told that he wished to know if we would let 21. Cheyne Walk as he had friends who would like to take it - I told him that this would suit us exceedingly well - and begged him to refer them to Webb, who would settle with them at once -
I also wrote to Webb - and asked him to write to Sickert - I have today had a telegram from Webb to say that Walter Sickert has never answered his letter -
[p. 2] I need scarcely say that he has never answered mine -
As you probably see him, if
when he comes to paint Willie - I wish you would just make him write to Webb then & there - and put his friends in communication with him - or rather, and this would be better - put Webb in communication with Walter's friends -
If the portrait is however not going on - and you are not seeing any more of Sickert, I wish you would write to Mrs Sickert yourself, and manage this matter for us - for we really would like very much to let the house, and Webb is waiting -
How are you all? - Is Willie all right? and are you going away? - We have been kept here with the studio - which is really perhaps the finest place of the kind I have ever seen! - and the [p. 3] house - which will be a sort of little fairy palace - - a thing on a fan - or on a blue plate! - However it is still full of workmen now - and so we are stuck at the hotel - We may get away for a couple of weeks soon though - and should go to the sea side - though where is not quite decided -
By the way what of this dinner to Moffatt [sic]? - I am one of the stewards, and shall try to be present - Is Willie going? - I suppose he will if he is in town - Do write and tell us some news - I am burning to tell you about John Cavafy - but it's rather long, and then it will be more perfect in a day or two!!! - And Aleco! - & Madame Coronio - how shockingly they have all behaved about my pictures - Madame Coronio you say is poor and excuses must be made for her - well thats all right - and you may tell her that I am pleased to know that I have been of that much service - They gave me 30 guineas for that picture, and have made ten times what they paid - Not a bad bit of dealing - though they were very grasping and wanted more and wrote a violent letter to Mr Thomson! - and Mr Thomson
was going referred them to Goupils Solicitors - and so they climbed down and wrote an apology - very properly! -
However they all please me! it is absolutely in keeping with [p. 4] their surroundings - and with the kind of thing I wish to see going on in England - If it be any satisfaction to them, they may know that they are not the only ones who are so distinguishing themselves!! -
Now this is really a joyous letter isn't it - ?
Love from us both to both of you -
86 rue Notre Dames des Champs.
110 rue du Bac.
12. Madame Coronio
Aglaia Coronio (1834-1906), née Ionides, wife of George Coronio [more]. She sold Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46), with JW's help, to Mr Potter Palmer in May 1892 (se JW's letter to D. C. Thomson, [29 May 1892], #08201, and JW's letter to her husband, #00694.