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System Number: 04142
Date: [15/22 June 1891?][1]
Author: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M412
Document Type: ALS


Mon cher Maître

Le mutuel souci de notre oeuvre[3], votre éclairée coquetterie de vos chefs- d'oeuvres, notre conscience allègre et réciproque de l'apothéose future et finale de notre précieuse et gracieuse et glorieuse coopération, me fait vous adresser l'avis discret (qui vous fera secrètement sourire dans deux jours!) - de ne soulever le coin d'aucun de nos prestigieux complots (et prodigieux!) de toiles[4] [p. 2] et autres étoiles - au profit d'aucun visiteur venant de Paris! - sans exception! - sic. - Faites donc l'innocent: cela vous va si bien! -

Salut et grâces. Je recommande mes intérêts à Mrs Trixie[5].

Et la marine[6] de passage de Dieppe? ... fût-elle? Et Honfleur par Paris - seront-ils ... sont-ils ... Fûrent-ils?

[p. 3] Futilités sérieuses

- et croyez-moi
votre respectueux ami

R


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Translation:

My dear Master

The mutual care of our work, the bright stylishness of your masterpieces, our lively and reciprocal awareness of the future and final apotheosis of our precious and gracious and glorious cooperation, cause me to give you the discreet information (which will make you smile secretly in two days) - to not lift the corner of any of our prestigious (and prodigious!) plots of canvasses and other stars - to the profit of any visitor coming from Paris! without exception! - sic. So play the innocent: it sits so well on you! -

Greetings and charms. I send my respects to Mrs Trixie.

And the seascape passing through Dieppe? … did it happen? And Honfleur by way of Paris - will they be … are they … Were they?

Serious trivialities

and believe me
your respectful friend

R


Notes:

1.  [15/22 June 1891?]
Dated by reference to Dieppe (see below). The letter was published in Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 55, p. 110, where it was dated 'June 1891'.

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

3.  oeuvre
Impressions de gris perle: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 397) or Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398).

4.  toiles
'toiles' and 'exception' are double underlined.

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

6.  marine
JW had hoped to do some painting at Dieppe; see his letter to Beatrix Whistler, 14 June 1891, #06593.