The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09343
Date: [19 September 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alfred Atmore Pope[2]
Place: London
Repository: Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

My dear Mr. Pope -

You will doubtless receive a letter from my frame maker, Monsieur Hubert[3], telling that he has undertaken the frame for the "Blue Wave[4]" all right - as you wished -

So thats all right! -

I said, by the way, that it is to be made ready for a glass - but that he is not to put a glass in, as of course if you like you can get one yourself in Cleveland.

I was much pleased with all that you tell us in your letter - Of course now that you have begun, you will become a collector of "Blue"! - By the way when you are in Vigo Street, you should [p. 2] also look in (a little further from Dicker's[5]) at Parke's[6] - where you will see beautiful old "settings" - rugs - and "baskets" and the rest of it - that Mrs Pope[7] & your daughter[8] will delight in - We have a lot of our beautiful things from him - as he will tell you -

Now I had a letter from little Mr. Thomson[9] this morning - the mysterious Thomson! - He says he sold the grey Battersea to a Mr Elkins[10] in Chicago - but he doesn't say for how much! - Also he tells me that Mr. Chapman[11] (of Liverpool, another of my English "Art Patrons"!) has at their place, Goupil, two of my pictures for sale! - Again he doesn't say the price - If you have not already seen them, go - And certainly, if you are at all inclined to act on your brother in laws theory of "buying all Whistlers", you ought to have a try for the Nocturne "Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow[12]" - you will find it in Miss Theodate's Catalogue[13] (No 13). It is a beauty. Little as I wish to help Mr. Chapman to make money out of my brains, I should be delighted to know that the picture left that country, to find its home among its fellows in your good care and sympathy! - The "Southampton Waters - Blue and Gold[14]" (No 20) is a beauty too - but I think I should advise the Chelsea Snow - It has also great reputation - In any case write me about them & tell me how you liked them -

with our kindest messages to all -
Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]

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Alfred A. Pope Esq
Bucklands House
43. Brook Street
London -
[postmark:] PARIS / R. DU BAC / 7E [1]9 / SEPT / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - W / 7 / [SP?] 20 / 94


1.  Alfred Atmore Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more].

2.  19 September 1894
Dated from the postmark.

3.  Monsieur Hubert
A. Hubert, Paris framemaker [more].

4.  Blue Wave
Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41).

5.  Dicker's
Jewellers and silversmiths, much favoured by JW and his wife.

6.  Parke's
Dealer in furniture.

7.  Mrs Pope
Ada Brooks Pope, wife of the collector A. A. Pope [more].

8.  your daughter
Theodate Pope (1867-1946), later Mrs Riddle, architect and collector [more].

9.  Mr. Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

10.  grey Battersea to a Mr Elkins
Probably William Lukens Elkins (1832-1903), railway magnate, collector [more]. A number of paintings of Battersea were sold during this period, and some, like Nocturne: Battersea (YMSM 120), which had been owned by J. A. Chapman, have not been identified.

11.  Mr. Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

12.  Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174).

13.  Miss Theodate's Catalogue
The brown-paper covered catalogue for Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

14.  Southampton Waters - Blue and Gold
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117).