The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13591
Date: [May 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15335, ff. 57, 58
Document Type: ALS[4]

33 Rue de Tournon

My dear Monsieur de Montesquiou.

This is most kind of you, and it is very funny - that the knight of the flowers[5] should appear again on the scene.

We shall be very glad of his services, but it will be later on, when the time comes for the furniture, and all that belongs to the ornamental part, which would be natural to him. We have already discovered a little palace, from the Arabian Nights, and have been passing the last few days, with an architect, a dull and practical person, who has been going round tapping walls, examining cellars, and interviewing landlords; things that perhaps the other one of the flowers, would not consider within his province. This is our great mistery, and, we reserve for you the surprise when complete.

Jimmy is not very well to day or, he would write to you, but he sends you many affectionate messages.

Very sincerely yours.

Beatrix Whistler.

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1.  [May 1892]
Dated by address, and reference to new address, presumably the Whistlers' house at 110 rue du Bac.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

4.  ALS
Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 97, p. 185.

5.  knight of the flowers
Gabriel Yturri (1864-1907), secretary and friend of Montesquiou [more].