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System Number: 11456
Date: 23 March [1863][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henri Fantin-Latour[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/33/6
Document Type: ALS[3]


62. Sloane Street.[4]

Lundi. le 23. Mars - '1863'[5]

Fantin mon cher ami

je viens! - je viens te trouver chez toi dimanche prochain - je t'expliquerai tout, et tu me pardonneras mon silence -

J[e] reste un jour a Paris - J'apporte "La Fille Blanche[6]" - ! puis-je dérouler ma toile et l'encadrer dans ton atelier, que nous puissions la voir ensemble avant de l'envoyer au Salon[7]? dis moi ceci par le courier de retour - ca ne te genera pas [p. 2] pour un jour, et ca sera un si grand plaisir pour moi de consulter la desus avec toi - Et tes belles peintures que j'ai a voir, et mille choses a te dire! -

A bientot
ton ami

Jim Whistler.

Ecris[8] tout de suite


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Translation:

62 Sloane Street

Monday. 23rd March - '1863'

Fantin my dear friend

I am coming! - I am coming to find you at home next Sunday - I will explain everything and you will forgive my silence -

I am staying in Paris for one day - I am bringing "The White Girl" - ! may I unroll my canvas and frame it in your studio, so that we may see it together before sending it to the Salon? tell me this by return of post - it will not disturb you [p. 2] for one day, and it will be such a great pleasure for me to talk about it with you - And your beautiful paintings that I shall see, and a thousand things to tell you!

Until then
your friend

Jim Whistler

Write straight away


Notes:

1.  23 March [1863]
The year date is supplied by another hand (see below).

2.  Henri Fantin-Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more].

3.  ALS
'6' is written in another hand at top right of p. 1.

4.  62. Sloane Street.
The address of Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], and Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

5.  '1863'
Year written in another hand.

6.  La Fille Blanche
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38).

7.  Salon
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was rejected at the Salon and later exhibited at Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, gravure, lithographie et architecture, refusés par le Jury de 1863, et exposés, par décision de S. M. l'Empereur, au salon annexe, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1863; see Fantin's letters to JW of 1 May and 15 May, #01079, #01081.

8.  Ecris
No reply from Fantin has been traced.