System Number: 07913
Date: [29 January 1884]
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/23/9
Document Type: ALS
Dear Deschamps -
Hope I shall hear from you again - The pictures must have arrived at Bruxelles - but I should like to know from you in what state they were before they left - I mean if they were well rubbed up and polished etc - - I wish however that you would write at once a letter to the Societé and beg that the portraits be varnished again -
I am sure they would be all the better for it - and so would the Nocturne -
[p. 2] Look in this next World on tuesday -
I shall be back now soon - still you might write an answer to this -
J McN. Whistler
14 Barnoon Terrace -
St Ives Cornwall
1. [29 January 1884]
Dated in another hand.
2. Charles W. Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more]. This is one of several letters in which JW sent detailed instructions about works to be sent for exhibition in Belgium (see his letter of 8 January 1884, #07908). Deschamps' replies have not survived.
Written in another hand, as are the numbers '12' and '15' below.
JW lent Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Venice etchings, to [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1884 (see list by Maus, #07910).
Société des XX, Brussels.
7. next World
JW's letter of 25 January 1884, published in The World, 30 January 1884, was re-published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 113-14 (#11399).