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System Number: 05846
Date: [26 November 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Jacques Tissot[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T191
Document Type: ALdS[3]


Je suis heureux de vous voir remis et capable encore une fois de mettre les points sur les i!

Et les lettres[4] que vous étiez en train d'écrire pour le Jury? Etaient-elles dans le même sens que celle que je viens de recevoir? En ce cas vous avez peut-être bien fait de les garder -

Si mes amis me flattent, et me mettent dedans, vous aussi vous me flattez [illegible deleted text] en vous mettant [p. 2] dedans mes cadres!

Allons mon bon Tissot je vous je vous laisse en paix selon votre [désir?] prière -

J A McN Whistler

James Tissot Esq.
17. Grove End Road[5]
St. John's Wood.

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I am pleased to see you have recovered and are capable once again of dotting your i-s!

And the letters that you were writing for the Jury? Were they in the same vein as the one I have just received? If so, you were perhaps quite right to keep them -

If my friends flatter me and put me in [a picture?], you also flatter me by putting yourself in my frames! -

Well then, my Tissot, I'll leave you in peace, just as you request.

J A McN Whistler


1.  [26 November 1878?]
This relates to the case of Whistler v. Ruskin, which was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. A subpoena was served on Tissot on 23 November 1878. Tissot's response, offering to write to the jury, has been lost, but there are several drafts of JW's reply (#05844, #05843, the latter dated 26 November) (see Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 86-87 and 347-48, n. 57-58).

2.  James Jacques Tissot
Jacques ('James') Joseph Tissot (1836-1902), painter and etcher [more]. They had been friends since student days, sharing an interest in collecting oriental art as well as painting and etching subjects from contemporary life. JW was disappointed in Tissot's response, but did not call him as a witness.

3.  ALdS
This letter was published in MacDonald, Margaret F. and Joy Newton, 'Letters from the Whistler Collection (University of Glasgow). Correspondance with French Painters,' Gazette des Beaux Arts, no. 128, December 1986, pp. 201-214, at p. 204.

4.  lettres
No letters from Tissot to the Jury nor to JW at this time have been located.

5.  Grove End Road
Tissot fled to London after the fall of the Commune in May 1871. He was accused of being a Communard through confusion with a certain Antoine Tissot, cf. Revue de Bretagne, 1906, pp. 252-78. He stayed until November 1882, and his house at 17, now 43, Grove End Row, was the setting for many paintings and etchings.