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System Number: 06719
Date: [March/April 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W713
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

My dear Nellie -

We have both of us been meaning to write every day - but you know how it is! - However -

As to the little "Studio"[3] I am humiliated - and disgusted to think that it has not gone yet! - It is here now - and stands some chance of being bought by Americans who are sure to come over very soon - Besides I shall still try in Paris - you see people are beginning to come in on Sunday afternoons - [p. 2] and indeed London it would seem impossible to get away from! for apparently every one who crosses the Channel makes it immediately his or her business to call - so that we are very gay -

We wish you & Willie[4] could see the garden - and the charming house - with all the doors open - that would suit you! - and the sun shining - and the birds singing - and everything as some one said "so like France"! - However it will only be nicer than ever when you do come -

As to the Coronio business[5], he has been written to by Webb[6] - and that will be all right -

Trixie[7] sends her love to you both, and says she is going to write to you some scandal about a late spurious "person" - Meantime I found that Sheridan Ford[8] had [p. 3] got on to the Gallignani[9] [sic] and was insinuating little paragraphs! - so that I have had to shove him out of that - of which, by the way, I have still to assure myself! -

We saw nothing of Mrs. Sophie[10] - though the Mr. Gordon Winter[11] came one Sunday - But he is awful! -

I dont believe Mrs. Sophie knows him at all -

So Willie belongs to both societies! - Bravo! -

He ought to get away though if he can - and come here and rest and sit out in the garden and do nothing!

As to our going over to you on the other [p. 4] hand - well you know we are very casual & uncertain people & might suddenly turn up in London for a few days - but I don't think immediately - Have you & Willie been to the Menpes[12] show? - I suppose nobody ever hears of him now - Have you seen the Sickerts[13] lately? You said you were going to ask them to dinner, or something - have they been? - We went to hear Sarasate[14] the other night - and saw him for a moment after the concert - Did I tell you that Aleco[15] sold another little sea piece[16] of mine - (some fishing smacks going out in the evening) to Monsieur Gallimard[17], for £200 - I think Aleco paid me perhaps £30 - or really perhaps £20 - ! They[18] have done pretty well out of me & my reputation! -

With love to both
Always affectly

[butterfly signature]

Write us any news -

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1.  [March/April 1893]
Dated from likely reference to painting sale (see below).

2.  Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  little 'Studio'
JW put Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) for sale at £500 with the Goupil Gallery between January and March 1893. It was taken to JW's Paris studio in March before being returned to Helen and Willie Whistler.

4.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

5.  Coronio business
Georges Coronio (1831-1895), broker, banker and collector [more]. JW complained to Coronio in 1892 that 'the Greek Colony', that is, Coronio, A. Ionides and John Cavafy, had been making profits from selling their paintings for many times the price at which they had been originally bought, see #00694.

6.  Webb
Probably William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

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

8.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

9.  Gallignani
The Galignani Messenger was an English language newspaper published in Paris from January 1890 until 31 December 1895, after which it was renamed the Daily Messenger.

10.  Mrs. Sophie
Sophia Eustratius Manuel (1853-1905), née Ionides [more].

11.  Gordon Winter
Gordon Winter, an acquaintance of Sophie Manuel.

12.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

13.  Sickerts
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more], and Ellen Melicent Sickert (1848-1914), née Cobden, writer [more].

14.  Sarasate
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more].

15.  Aleco
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

16.  sea piece
Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening (YMSM 99).

17.  Monsieur Gallimard
Sebastien-Paul Gallimard (1850-1929), collector, publisher and patron of the arts [more].

18.  They
'They ... reputation!' was written in the right margin, at right angles to the main text, the letter then continuing along the top of the sheet, upside down, and down the right margin.