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System Number: 04102
Date: [20 May/June 1887][1]
Author: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [Paris?]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M372
Document Type: ALS


Cher Monsieur Whistler,

Ma cousine Madame Greffulhe[3] me dit qu'elle vous a vu et que vous voulez bien vous souvenir de moi. Je voudrais bien, moi aussi, passer quelques instants avec vous en présence de votre exposition[4] si intéressante.

La petite boutique d'oranges[5] et de bocaux de bonbons [illegible][6] est [p. 2] tout à fait admirable! Et combien d'autres.

Mille souvenirs affectueux de sympathie artistique.

RMF.


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Translation:

Dear Mr Whistler,

My cousin Madame Greffulhe tells me that she has seen you and that you kindly remember me. I too should be glad to spend a few moments with you at your interesting exhibition.

The little shop with oranges and jar of sweets [illegible] is quite admirable! And how many others.

Many affectionate memories of artistic sympathy.

RMF.


Notes:

1.  [20 May/June 1887]
Dated by reference to Mme Greffulhe and to an exhibition. She had invited JW to visit her on 18 May 1887 (#10579).

2.  Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more]. This letter was published in Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, pp. 42-3.

3.  Madame Greffulhe
Elisabeth, Comtesse Greffulhe (1860-1952), née Riquer de Caraman-Chimay [more].

4.  votre exposition
This probably refers to Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887, where JW showed fifty works.

5.  petite boutique d'oranges
Probably Blue and Orange: Sweet Shop (YMSM 263).

6.  [illegible]
Word lost due to tear in paper.