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System Number: 13617
Date: [15/30 November 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15288, f. 91
Document Type: ALS[3]


14, Hill Street[4].
Montpelier Square, Brompton.

Voilà O grand Poète terrible!
l'adresse de l'autre qui a souferte [sic] -

70 séances[5]! quel affreux dossier!!-

Si vous êtes dans le voisinage de l'atelier Richards[6], Berners St, demain, allez voir the Pink Lady-Meux[7].

Quel beau temps pour votre promenade!-

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Here it is Oh great and notorious poet! The address of the other who has suffered -

70 sittings! What an awful record!! -

If you are in the vicinity of the Richards studio, Berner St, tomorrow, go and see the Pink Lady-Meux.

What fine weather for your stroll! -


1.  [15/30 November 1891]
Dated from address and Montesquiou's known visit to London.

2.  Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more]. He was posing for Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398).

3.  ALS
Published in Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 65, pp. 123-24.

4.  14, Hill Street
Address of Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

5.  70 séances
JW was known to make merciless demands on the time and patience of his clients. Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) is said to have taken seventy sittings.

6.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

7.  Pink Lady-Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).