The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09241
Date: [1/10 April 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Octave Maus[2]
Place: [Brussels]
Repository: Archives de l'Art Contemporain en Belgique, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles
Call Number: Fonds Vander Linden, archives Octave Maus, 4765
Document Type: ALS

454. Fulham Road. London -

My dear Maus -

I had hoped to pay you a little visit this time - but it was impossible!

And now I am most anxious about my Sarasate picture[3] - though of course I know that it must be all right - for you promised me that it should go on from your exhibition[4] to the Salon - Therefore doubtless you have already sent it - for you all [p. 2] know that the last[5] day for receiving it there is the 13th or 14th -

I wouldn't miss it for any thing - It ought to have gone to the care of Durand Ruel[6] - unless you have sent it to the care of an Agent of your own - as I trust you have - for it would not have been safe to send it to the Salon[7] unless in the charge of some one - at least I fancy so - Do forgive my anxiety and write to me or telegraph a word at once -

Duran[d] Ruel is you of course know the Editeur, marchand de tableux[8] in Paris I think Rue de la Paix - or Rue Castigliani -

Always[9] Yours -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [1/10 April 1886 ?]
Dated from reference to the Salon (see below).

2.  Octave Maus
Octave Maus (1856-1919), advocate, writer and art critic [more]. This letter must not be published in and form without the prior written consent of the owner.

3.  Sarasate picture
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

4.  your exhibition
The [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1886.

5.  last
Triple underlined.

6.  Durand Ruel
Charles Durand-Ruel (1865-1892), Paris art dealer [more].

7.  Salon
The 104th exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1886. Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315) was sent successfully to Paris and exhibited under the title 'Portrait.' (cat. no. 2450), apparently under the care of M. Toussaint, probably a Paris dealer. It was JW's only submission to the Salon in 1886.

8.  Editeur, marchand de tableux
Fr., the publisher, picture dealer.

9.  Always
Valediction and signature written at right-angles to the main text in right-hand margin.