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System Number: 00625
Date: [October/November 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Theodore Child[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C126
Document Type: MsLd[3]


Dear Mr Child -

When I had your letter I meant to have written to you at once, but it required a little reflection and one cannot do much of that with a horrid cold in the head.

With as much wit as I can under these circumstances work into my service I would like to say that of course I should be could not be better placed in the magazine Review you speak of than by yourself - [bu?]

But I think mon chère that an article of a different another kind rather might this time - Perhaps That is ... perhaps less with the view of popularity I sho But I should like this time to be taken from an altogeither [sic] different point of view

I think the occasion is an excellent one - and and in your hands would be a suc of course be a success the work would be perfect! -

This however a [sic] [p. 2] would require a good talk happily [announcement?] between [our?] happily as say there is plenty of time -

Meanwhile about the pictures you yourself seem to be much more successful in obtaining them for publishing - I should like [it?] very much Miss Alexander[4] engraved - By the one[5] who did Miss Corder[6]. Alexanders[7] address is Aubrey House Aubrey Road Kensin[gton] Campden Hill - He may not lend the picture, but you might persuade him to let Brown of Braun[8] get at it - and while he is about it make a splendid large photograph - "The Little White Girl[9]" - at Gerald Potters[10] 2 Ennismore Gardens The Symphony in White No. 3[11] - a[t] Louis Huth's[12] Possingworth might be got at be managed in the same way, and Braun ought to do the photograph almost the size of the original as the picture is not too large - Perhaps Huth may even lend the picture in the end - which would be [p. 3] important as the hair and gold - flesh color photograph too darkly or have unless Braun can manage it - Cyril Flower[13] has two pictures that have never What would be a great thing would of course be a reproduction of portions of the Peacock room[14] which I hear you have been to see -

How this could be managed I dont know - quite see - still for as you know - if Leyland[15] had any notion of it - The place would be sealed up for ever[.] Still to the brave all is possible and if you will can manage to procure the procure the undertake burglarious photographer with his electric light who in these days of the electric light is very differently


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Notes:

1.  [October/November 1889?]
This is a draft of #09264, which is fully annotated.

2.  Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

3.  MsL
Written by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  [p. 2]
Beneath the writing on this page are various scribbled sketches and lines in pencil, including a study of a uniform jacket with a high collar, by Beatrix Whistler.

5.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

6.  one
Fréderic Florian (b. 1858), alias 'Rognon', wood engraver [more].

7.  Miss Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203). Between June 1888 and March 1889 Child wrote a series of letters to JW about obtaining reproductions for his article (i.e., 12 June 1888, #00614, and 3 March 1889, #00621; see Child, Theodore, 'American Artists at the Paris Exhibition,' Harpers New Monthly Magazine, vol. 79, no. 472, September 1889, pp. 489-521, pp. 489-521).

8.  Alexanders
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

9.  Braun
Adolphe Braun (1812-1877), founder of the Paris photographic firm [more].

10.  Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

11.  Gerald Potters
John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more].

12.  Symphony in White No. 3
Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61).

13.  Louis Huth's
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

14.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more]. He owned Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen (YMSM 60) and Note in Red and Violet: Nets (YMSM 269).

15.  Peacock room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

16.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].