System Number: 13593
Date: [October 1892]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15335, f. 68, nos. 55-56
Document Type: ALS
Hôtel du Bon La Fontaine.
16 Rue de Grenelle.
My dear Monsieur de Montesquiou,
I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the wonderful bed - !, and how difficult it is for me to thank you enough for it - !
It is so beautiful that the room in which it is going to be placed, will really, I believe - have to be begun all over again - to make it at all worthy of it.
Since the day I first saw it at your home, it has been my dreame [sic], to some day find one something like it, and I have seen several - but nothing to equal it, and I, at last, made up my mind that I should have to wait a long time before I found it, and now - it has come! straight from fairyland!
We hope we will be able soon to ask you to come and see our new - Chelsea.
Jimmy is getting better, and sends you many messages -
With kindest regards and many many thanks for the wonderful swans.
Very sincerely yours -
Beatrix Whistler -
1. [October 1892]
Dated by the sequence of correspondence, and by the address; the Whistlers moved into 110 rue du Bac much later than expected, probably in November.
3. Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more]. See his letters to Beatrix and JW, #04153, #04132; and JW's letters to Montesquiou, #09298 and #13623.
Published in Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 105, pp. 196-98.
An Empire bed, said to have belonged to Napoleon, which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum; reproduced in Newton, op. cit., fig. XII.
The house at 110 rue du Bac.