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System Number: 07443
Date: [November 1888/1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown newspaper editor][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X17
Document Type: ALd[3]

Sir -

"Ho! Ho! & a bottle of Rhum!" -

Really the moment has come when nothing else seems so at all fit to convey the wild spirit of fun which could have dictated the little letter from your friend Mr K H C[4] - in your last number! -

What a rollicking limb it must be! - gifted with like myself and Proff. Colvin[5] with the divine spirit of mischief, he has naturally

[p. 2] The beautiful irrelevance of

You must acknowledge that nothing could well be droler than this drifting of the Ancient one into company that his friends would take objection to -

Now what beautiful thing is indiscreet zeal - and who is Mr C K J[6]?

[p. 3][7] the hearty - demeanor assurance of Monsieur Paul Delaroche[8] a portentious Painter of some his time, who calling upon Ingres[9] when after

of the hearty good faith with which Mr Delaroche said to M. Ingres

If I remember rightly, it was as you yourself have shown, scarcely so much with the second Edition of his tomes that the wily old gentleman got into trouble -

Rather an impudent bit of brag it seems to me on the part of the clamourous Mr Haines[10] when he says that the Proffessor has learned many thing[s] from Mr Whistler - and I am reminded of the historic reply of Ingres when the worthy Dr Monsieur Paul Delaroche an worthy [an?] indeed important mediocrity of the time, called upon him in his Studio at the Institute, and asked to see the [...]

[p. 4] 

£20  = 500 -
  5  = 125

[two sketches[11] of interiors]

   Good -           Bad
Sept 18.         Sept. 25
Oct   9.         Oct.   2
     16,                6
     23                13
     30                27

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1.  [November 1888/1893]
Dated by drawings (see below) and reference to September and October.

2.  [unknown newspaper editor]

3.  ALd
This letter is a series of fragments not necessarily all belonging to the same letter. However the consistent pattern of the handwriting suggests that the fragments were written at more or less the one sitting. The sketches and calculations do not appear to relate to the letter and may have been made at a later date.

4.  Mr K H C

5.  Proff. Colvin
Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum [more].

6.  Mr C K J

7.  [p. 3]
The whole of p. 3 is written in pencil.

8.  Paul Delaroche
Hippolyte ('Paul') Delaroche (1797-1856), painter [more]. JW mocked Oscar Wilde's choice of Delaroche and the artist Benjamin West as artistic comparisons with the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire, 21 February 1885, #11405).

9.  Ingres
Jean Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), painter [more].

10.  Haines
Frederick Haines (b. ca 1817), picture restorer [more].

11.  sketches
Fireplace (M.1348), actually drawn by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. They may have been done on their travels, or they may be studies of the house at 110 rue du Bac.