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System Number: 08047
Date: [May/June 1867][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henri Fantin-Latour[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/33/27
Document Type: ALS


'26'[3]
'1867'

2 Lindsey Row
Chelsea

Tu es admirablement placé ici[4] - et tres bien vu -

Tu as du déja sans doute reçu une lettre de Aleco[5] - il m'a promis de t'écrire - et je crois qu'il s'empresse de t'envoyer 20 livres - Il est tres heureux de posseder ton portrait[6] -

J'ai recu une lettre charmant de Burger[7] [p. 2] que m'a envoyé Manet[8]. remercie Manet de ma part -

As tu eu la gentillesse de donner l'eau forte à Chesneau[9]? et Villot[10]?

Ecris moi donc un petit mot.

Et les journaux? et les medailles?

tout a toi

Whistler


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Translation:

2 Lindsey Row
Chelsea

You are very well placed here - and very well thought of -

You must doubtless by now have received a letter from Aleco - he promised me he would write to you - and I believe he intends to send you 20 pounds - He is very happy to own your portrait -

I have received a charming letter from Burger [p. 2] that Manet sent me. Thank Manet on my behalf -

Have you been kind enough to give the etching to Chesneau? and Villot?

So write me a note. And the newspapers? and the medals?

Yours

Whistler


Notes:

1.  [May/June 1867]
The letter probably dates from after the start of the Royal Academy exhibition in 1867 (see below).

2.  Henri Fantin-Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more].

3.  26 ... 1867
These numbers have been added in two different hands.

4.  ici
Fantin-Latour's two paintings of 'Fruit and flowers' were hung prominently, one either side of L. Alma-Tadema, Venus (z137) in the 99th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1867, cat. nos. 495 and 500. See Druick, Douglas and Michel Hoog, Fantin-Latour, Paris, 1982, cat. no. 37.

5.  Aleco
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

6.  ton portrait
Autoportrait (H. Fantin-Latour, Portrait de Fantin (FL.167) (z151)). It was exhibited at the 85th exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1867, cat. no. 572 as Portrait - étude, and bought by A. Ionides.

7.  Burger
Etienne Joseph Théophile Thoré (1807-1869), alias Thoré-Burger, writer and art critic [more].

8.  Manet
Edouard Manet (1832-1883), painter [more]. In the letter forwarded by Manet (#00433), Thoré-Burger said he wished to buy At the Piano (YMSM 24) .

9.  Chesneau
Ernest Chesneau (1833-1890), writer [more]. It is not known what etching JW was giving Chesneau, or why.

10.  Villot
Frédéric Villot (1809-1875), painter, etcher, scholar and museum conservator [more].