System Number: 11310
Date: 20 October 1865
Place: Calvados, France
Recipient: Lucas Ionides
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1028-29
Document Type: TLc
Hotel du Bras d'Or -
Friday Evening - Oct. 20 1865
Dear Lucas -
If my credit with you is still as good as you used to say, lend me £50. now.
I shall be able to repay you almost immediately I return to London - that is at the commencement of next month. Only in this case I am afraid that I shall give you some trouble - in this way - I have accepted a bill to pay to Messrs Farmer and Rogers - Oriental Warehouse, Regent St. - for that sum - I think it is due on the 26th of this month - and I cannot return by that time to town - Will you kindly write to them to say that I have begged you to pay it for me at your office in my absence - I am staying here to finish two or three sea pieces which I wish to bring back with me - I believe they will be fine - and worth quite anything of the kind I have ever done - This is a charming place - although now the season is quite over and every one has left - but the effects of sea and sky are finer than during the milder weather - Do drop me a line by return of post and tell me if you can without annoyance to yourself do this for me. This is a large sum and of too much importance for me to borrow if I were not sure of returning it in the time I mention -
James A. M. Whistler
It takes three days for a letter to come [from] London here - so write at once -
JW was in Trouville with Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more], painting seascapes with Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), painter [more]. Courbet appears in Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64) which JW described as 'The only painting by me of Courbet.' (JW to D. C. Thomson, #08304). Courbet was captivated by Jo Hiffernan's red hair and painted her, probably around this time, in Gustave Courbet, Portrait de Jo, la belle irlandaise (z59), 1865? (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum) and Gustave Courbet, Portrait de Jo (z60) (New York: private collection).
4. Messrs Farmer and Rogers
Farmer & Rogers ran a Shawl and Cloak Emporium at 171-5 Regent St. However, in 1862, the firm opened an Oriental Warehouse next door to the main shop, using Japanese exhibits purchased at the London International Exhibition, 1862, as a basis for their stock. The Warehouse was managed by Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917), designer, founder of Liberty and Co. [more]. It became a meeting place for artists and collectors of Japanese artistic objects. JW's bill was probably for Japanese objects, used as props in such works as Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47) and Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).
The Pennells, who transcribed the letter, inserted '[to?]' at this point.