System Number: 06719
Date: [March/April 1893]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W713
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac - Paris
My dear Nellie -
We have both of us been meaning to write every day - but you know how it is! - However -
As to the little "Studio" I am humiliated - and disgusted to think that it has not gone yet! - It is here now - and stands some chance of being bought by Americans who are sure to come over very soon - Besides I shall still try in Paris - you see people are beginning to come in on Sunday afternoons - [p. 2] and indeed London it would seem impossible to get away from! for apparently every one who crosses the Channel makes it immediately his or her business to call - so that we are very gay -
We wish you & Willie could see the garden - and the charming house - with all the doors open - that would suit you! - and the sun shining - and the birds singing - and everything as some one said "so like France"! - However it will only be nicer than ever when you do come -
Trixie sends her love to you both, and says she is going to write to you some scandal about a late spurious "person" - Meantime I found that Sheridan Ford had [p. 3] got on to the Gallignani [sic] and was insinuating little paragraphs! - so that I have had to shove him out of that - of which, by the way, I have still to assure myself! -
I dont believe Mrs. Sophie knows him at all -
So Willie belongs to both societies! - Bravo! -
He ought to get away though if he can - and come here and rest and sit out in the garden and do nothing!
As to our going over to you on the other [p. 4] hand - well you know we are very casual & uncertain people & might suddenly turn up in London for a few days - but I don't think immediately - Have you & Willie been to the Menpes show? - I suppose nobody ever hears of him now - Have you seen the Sickerts lately? You said you were going to ask them to dinner, or something - have they been? - We went to hear Sarasate the other night - and saw him for a moment after the concert - Did I tell you that Aleco sold another little sea piece of mine - (some fishing smacks going out in the evening) to Monsieur Gallimard, for £200 - I think Aleco paid me perhaps £30 - or really perhaps £20 - ! They have done pretty well out of me & my reputation! -
With love to both
Write us any news -
1. [March/April 1893]
Dated from likely reference to painting sale (see below).
3. little 'Studio'
JW put Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) for sale at £500 with the Goupil Gallery between January and March 1893. It was taken to JW's Paris studio in March before being returned to Helen and Willie Whistler.
5. Coronio business
Georges Coronio (1831-1895), broker, banker and collector [more]. JW complained to Coronio in 1892 that 'the Greek Colony', that is, Coronio, A. Ionides and John Cavafy, had been making profits from selling their paintings for many times the price at which they had been originally bought, see #00694.
The Galignani Messenger was an English language newspaper published in Paris from January 1890 until 31 December 1895, after which it was renamed the Daily Messenger.
11. Gordon Winter
Gordon Winter, an acquaintance of Sophie Manuel.
'They ... reputation!' was written in the right margin, at right angles to the main text, the letter then continuing along the top of the sheet, upside down, and down the right margin.