The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09082
Date: 1 August [1864][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edwin Edwards[2]
Place: Sunbury on Thames
Repository: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Document Type: ALS

7. Lindsey Row
Old Battersea bridge

Monday Aug 1st

Dear Charles Price -

We shall look for you at the Soirée on Wednesday and there we will startle the Academy[3] by our general recklessness and stunning appearance - So you are for the occasion to get off your cross and come in a white cravat!

A long talk will follow upon all the different matters.

Fantin[4], who sends his love[5], and I have bien des choses[6] [p. 2] à vous dire -

Make our best compliments to Mrs Edwards[7], and believe me my dear Charles

Ever Yours.

Jim Whistler

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E. Edwards Esq
Thames Bank House
Sunbury on Thames
S. W.
[postmark:] LONDON S. W / 12 / AU / 2 / 64


1.  1 August [1864]
Dated from the day of the week and the postmark.

2.  Edwin Edwards
Edwin Edwards (1823-1879), lawyer, painter and etcher [more]. It is not clear why JW addressed him as 'Charles Price', but the name appears in a series of letters from 7 April 1862 to 1864 (#03200, #03146, #02994, #03192, #03299, #09083, #09084).

3.  Academy
JW probably means the Royal Academy, though he might mean a private academy.

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

5.  bien des choses ... dire
Fr., many things to tell you.

6.  love
This is the transcription given by Rosalind Birnie Philip in her copy, but the word is not clear.

7.  Mrs Edwards
Elizabeth Ruth Edwards (ca 1833 - d.1907), née Enscombe, wife of Edwin Edwards [more].