The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09210
Date: [26 October 1886][1]
Author: Maud Franklin[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Call Number: 31 folder, W-Lucas file
Document Type: ALS

Cher Monsieur

On Jimmys looking at the Etching[4] again he came to the conclusion that it would be hardly fair to himself to sign it - as he in fact thinks it damnable - he is more sorry than I can tell you to be obliged to refuse you anything but he does not like the thing a bit, and he promised me he would [p. 2] write to you himself & explain why - but I know that he is in one rush and may not find time for a day or two and so very reluctantly I feel obliged to tell you this myself and return to you the etching as I received it - I have done my best & failed[.] I am very very sorry as I fear you [p. 3] will be disappointed[.] Accept the enclosed as a slight peace offering -

From yours -
With many regrets


We dont remember if you have this etching[5][,] if you have we must give you another in its place

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Monsieur George Lucas
21 Rue de l'arc de Triomphe

'Maud. Octr 26 1886[6]
Whistler refuses to put any thing on Guerard[7] [sic] & returns me an etching -'

[Postmark:] WEST BROMPTON S. W. / 4 6 / OC 26 / 86


1.  26 October 1886
Dated from postmark. This is a follow-up to M. Franklin's letter to Lucas of [23 October 1886] (# 09209).

2.  Maud Franklin
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

3.  George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more]. This letter was published in Mahey, John A., 'The Letters of James McNeill Whistler to George A. Lucas,' Art Bulletin, XLIX, September 1967, pp. 247-57, No. XXVI, with minor variations. e.g. 'Gist and Gailed' for 'best and failed' and 'in general' for 'Guerard'. This is the last surviving letter from JW (actually written by Maud) to Lucas. It seems that JW and Lucas quarrelled, not as a result of the etching, but over Maud, whom JW abandoned when he married.

4.  Jimmys looking at the Etching
An earlier letter from Franklin to Lucas mentions receiving an etching for signature ([23 October 1886], #09209).

5.  this etching
Not identified.

6.  Maud. Octr 26 1886
Written in another hand.

7.  Guerard
Possibly the etching Mère Gérard (K.11).