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System Number: 13208
Date: [8/15 January 1892][1]
Author: Joseph-Félix Bouchor[2]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15335, f. 15
Document Type: Ms and ALS[3]


Monsieur

'Comme toupet - sublime!' Monsieur de la Gandara[4] m'a dit qu'il vous serait agréable de continuer votre portrait[5] dans mon atelier[6] - Je suis donc Heureux, Monsieur, de pouvoir le mettre à votre disposition. Pendant la Semaine que je resterai absent vous pourrez dès demain y Entrer. J'ai été, Monsieur, très sensible à vos remerciements. Croyez que cela m'Est un grand Honneur et un grand
'Et çà?' Plaisir de pouvoir vous avoir quelques jours pour Hôte.
'Alors à demain' J'ai applaudi, Monsieur, avec tous mes confrères, à votre nomination au grade d'officier de la légion d'Honneur - Et je vous Prie d'agréer mes Plus sincères félicitations.

 

[butterfly signature]

J. F. Bouchor.


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Translation:

Dear Sir,

'The nerve of it – sublime!' Mr de la Gandara told me that it would be pleasant for you to continue your portrait in my studio– I am therefore delighted, Sir, to be able to make it available to you. During the week of my absence, you can have access to it from tomorrow. I have been very touched by your gratitude, Sir. Believe me when I tell you that it is my great honour and
'And that?' pleasure to be able play host to you for a few days.
'Until tomorrow' I applauded, Sir, alongside all my colleagues, your nomination to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honour - And I beg you to accept my most sincere congratulations.

 


Notes:

1.  [8/15 January 1892]
Dated by the reference to portrait sittings (see below).

2.  Ms and ALS
This letter was sent by JW to Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more], with remarks added by JW in the left margin, and his added signature. Published in Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 74, p. 145.

3.  Joseph-Félix Bouchor
Joseph-Félix Bouchor (1853-1937), genre and landscape painter [more].

4.  Monsieur de la Gandara
Antonio de la Gandara (1862-1917), portrait painter and pastellist [more].

5.  portrait
Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398).

6.  atelier
Gandara's studio was in the Rue Monsieur le Prince; see Munhall, Edgar, 'Whistler's Portrait of Robert de Montesquiou: the Documents,' Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 71, no. 1191, 6th series, April 1968, pp. 231-242; Munhall, Edgar, Whistler and Montesquiou. The Butterfly and the Bat, New York, 1995.