System Number: 08286
Date: [25 April 1895]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
110 Rue du Bac
Dear Mr Thomson:
We are so very sorry about your accident! It was really lucky it was not more serious - we hope that in a little time you will feel alright again.
I enclose a cutting [p. 2] from the "New York Herald". Mr Whistler thinks your house might contradict it.
By the way, it is not Sarah Bernhardt at all!
We are glad you got it for us - will you send it over with the portrait I sent to you -
Are you coming to Paris soon - you must let us know when you do.
With kind regards
[p. 4 date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY / SUCCESSORS BOUSSOD VALADON & CO. / 27 APR. 95
THE WILDE SALE
Furniture and Effect Belonging to Oscar Wilde Disposed of by Auction.
[BY THE HERALD'S SPECIAL WIRE.]
LONDON, April 25. - - The furniture and effects of Oscar Wilde were yesterday sold by auction at 16 Tite-street.
The majority of the purchases appeared to be dealers, but several oil and water-colour paintings were bought by private individuals. At one time during the afternoon considerable excitement prevailed owing to a dispute between a dealer and some persons who he declared were friends of Wilde. The police had to be called.
Prices ruled low, the pen-and-ink sketch by Mr. J. M. Whistler only realised 22s. The writing desk of Thomas Carlyle was sold for 14 1/2 guineas.
At the Central Criminal Court yesterday Mr. C. Mathews applied on behalf of Oscar Wilde for a postponement of the trial of his case.
The application was refused, and Friday next was fixed for the hearing of the case.
Envelope:D C Thomson Esq
The Goupil Gallery
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 8E | 25 / AVRIL / 95
1. [25 April 1895]
Dated by postmark.
'14A' written in another hand in red ink at top left, '133' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1; and also on the envelope and press cutting.
5. New York Herald
The Paris edition of the New York Herald.
6. Sarah Bernhardt
r.: Maud Franklin; v.: Study of Maud Franklin (M.693) was described incorrectly during the Wilde bankruptcy sale as a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), née Henrietta Rosine Bernard, actress [more]. It shows Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more]. It was bought for JW by D. C. Thomson for £15-15 at the Wilde sale, Bullock, London, 24 April 1895 (lot 123), see #05817.
8. Harper Pennington's
Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington (1854-1920), artist [more]. This oil-painting, [z0339], was bought at the auction by [Ross-R]. It is now in UCLA, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, CA.
11. C. Mathews
Charles Matthews, Oscar Wilde's solicitor in his libel suit.