110. Rue de Bac. Paris
My dear Stewart -
Monsieur G Caroly, Secretaire General de l'Exposition, ..etc. has been good enough from the beginning, to interest himself specially in these pictures of mine - and in the early part of March sent me word that he was in communication, or rather in full possession "de tous les renseignements necessaraires pour faire venir ses tableaux à Anvers" -
Now if you will see him - he will tell you all about it - Are you having [p. 2] a good time in Antwerp? - I should like to run over - and indeed perhaps we may turn up -
Meanwhile let me introduce you to my friend Maitre Maeterlinck - the distinguished Advocate - He was most courteous to me on the occasion of my former visit, when as I told you he most brilliantly fought, in the law courts, my battle with the criminal Ford - whom he had condemned to be burned at the stake -
I am sure he would be delighted to make your acquaintance and to show you every attention during your stay - I enclose my card - Dont put off taking it round to him - Also he can give you all details about my pictures, for it was through him that the original invitation from the Belgium Authorities was sent to me -
Well at the exhibition in Hamburg are two more pictures that are to come - You have only to wire to
Professor Heilbut. 38. Esplanade. Hamburg.
and they will be sent to you at once. Only I would first go and see Monsieur Caroly as he is in communication with Heilbut and will tell you all [p. 3] about it - et où en sont les choses -
With these five you will have quite enough - & if there was in the list another "Nocturne in Blue & Silver", we dont want it - and indeed we can't have it - so you may just have it erased from Catalogue - The panel moreover will be better without it - You might hang the panel like this:
[sketch of pictures, numbered 1 to 5 beneath, hung on gallery wall with largest upright figure piece in centre]
1. Nocturne Black & Gold: The Fire Wheel - (Hamburg.)
3. Rosa Corder.
4. The Little White Girl.
5. Nocturne Blue & Silver, Battersea Reach. (Hamburg) ? [send]
Write us a line -
Probably Jules M. Stewart, possibly a member of an American art club, involved in organising an exhibition in Antwerp.
6. Rosa Corder
The paintings JW wants to exhibit at the Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894, range from early works like Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73), to two nocturnes, Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 152) and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169), and a fine portrait, Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).
Grossen Kunst-Austellung des Kunst-Vereins, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1894.
11. où en sont ...
Fr., and the current state of affairs.
12. sketch of pictures
Paintings for exhibition in Antwerp (M.1427). showing Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169), Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 152)