The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09941
Date: [22 April 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John Lavery[2]
Place: London
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/259
Document Type: ALS[3]

'22 April 1898 postmark'

My dear Lavery.

I tell you what you might do - I dont want the Carlyle[4] brought out of his gallery again - at present - nor do I want the Furred Jacket[5] brought out at this moment -

I do not wish this - but as I said . . I will tell you what you might do, [p. 2] You might write at once to Cowan[6] & borrow his "Piano[7]" picture - and the "Thames in Ice[8]" -

Those two have not been seen for a long time - - Cowan was most charming about them when here - and told me he would gladly lend them when I wished - At the moment I did n't think of your having them - indeed I was scarcely well enough to think of any thing -

However this will do excellently - and with them I will try & send over one or two heads[9] - which is unusual with me - at least so people suppose - So thats all right -

My other works have as you know all had to be abandoned for the time —

Dont be over saddened and solemn about Committee matters but write me something amusing as one Irishman should to another! that I may think I am getting rid of the "grippe[10]" as I laugh!

[butterfly signature]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

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John Lavery - Esq -
5. Cromwell Place.
London . SW
[postmark:] [PARIS] .20 / [BD] ST GERMAIN / [ ] 22 / [A]VRIL / 98


1.  [22 April 1898]
Dated from the postmark. The date is written in the text in another hand.

2.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the International Society of Sculptors Painters and Gravers.

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border.

4.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

5.  Furred Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

6.  Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

7.  Piano
At the Piano (YMSM 24).

8.  Thames in Ice
The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36). JW exhibited this and At the Piano at the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898.

9.  heads
Blue and Coral: The Little Blue Bonnet (YMSM 500).

10.  grippe
Fr., influenza.