110. Rue du Bac - Paris
My dear Mr. Pope -
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) at Parke's - where you will see beautiful old "settings" - rugs - and "baskets" and the rest of it - that Mrs Pope & your daughter 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 this morning - the mysterious Thomson! - He says he sold the grey Battersea to a Mr Elkins in Chicago - but he doesn't say for how much! - Also he tells me that Mr. Chapman (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" - you will find it in Miss Theodate's Catalogue (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" (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 -
Alfred A. Pope Esq
43. Brook Street
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS / R. DU BAC / 7E 9 / SEPT / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - W / 7 / [SP?] 20 / 94
2. 19 September 1894
Dated from the postmark.
Jewellers and silversmiths, much favoured by JW and his wife.
Dealer in furniture.
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.
13. Miss Theodate's Catalogue
The brown-paper covered catalogue for Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.