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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13494
Date: [26 September 1897?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Etretat
Recipient: Deborah Delano Haden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 27
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS


My dear Sis -

I have been so worked to pieces that at last I have bolted for a few days rest - However I return to town almost directly - and I do hope that I shall see you again soon in the studio some afternoon -

Your last little letter[3] was delightful - I am glad Willies[4] trip did him so much good - Perhaps you might again bring him with you and we could have a nice talk together

[p. 2] I have been painting the portrait of the young George Vanderbilt[5] - who is charming. -

I will show you the picture, which every body - I mean the few who have seen it think very much of -

I fancy I am doing good work - however you shall see -

Did you see something in the papers about a Whistler Syndicate[6]? - I wonder if I am to have the money at last! -

How are you? - quite well and strong again I hope - Do give me a good account of yourself -

Always affectionately
Your fond brother

[butterfly signature]

Etretat -

Monday -


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Notes:

1.  [26 September 1897?]
Dated from the address. JW spent time in Etretat in Northern France in August and September 1897, painting a number of oils including Harmony in Blue and Silver: Beaching the Boat, Étretat (YMSM 483). In addition, Vanderbilt (see below) visited JW to pose for his portrait in June and during the autumn of 1897 (see JW and G.Vanderbilt correspondence, #05914, #09489). 'Monday' fell on 26 September in 1897.

2.  Deborah Delano Haden
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

3.  letter
Untraced.

4.  Willies
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

5.  George Vanderbilt
The Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481) was of George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

6.  Whistler Syndicate
Perhaps a reference to the Company of the Butterfly, a company founded by JW in April 1897 in order to sell his works direct to the public. He acquired the lease of a shop at 2 Hinde Street, Manchester Square, as premises, and employed Mrs Christine Anderson as manager. However, it was not a success and lasted only from 1898 to 1901. There seems to have been a certain level of speculation in the press about a 'Syndicate' (see unidentified press-cutting, #08798, and letter draft, #08797).