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System Number: 08286
Date: [25 April 1895][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[3]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[4]


110 Rue du Bac

Dear Mr Thomson:

We are so very sorry about your accident! It was really lucky it was not more serious - we hope that in a little time you will feel alright again.

I enclose a cutting [p. 2] from the "New York Herald[5]". Mr Whistler thinks your house might contradict it.

By the way, it is not Sarah Bernhardt[6] at all!

We are glad you got it for us - will you send it over with the portrait[7] I sent to you -

Do you know who bought Harper Pennington's[8] portrait [p. 3] of Oscar Wild[9] [sic]?

Are you coming to Paris soon - you must let us know when you do.

With kind regards
Very sincerely,

Beatrix Whistler

[p. 4 date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY / SUCCESSORS BOUSSOD VALADON & CO. / 27 APR. 95

[presscutting:]

THE WILDE SALE

Furniture and Effect Belonging to Oscar Wilde Disposed of by Auction.

[BY THE HERALD'S SPECIAL WIRE.]

LONDON, April 25. - - The furniture and effects of Oscar Wilde were yesterday sold by auction at 16 Tite-street.

The majority of the purchases appeared to be dealers, but several oil and water-colour paintings were bought by private individuals. At one time during the afternoon considerable excitement prevailed owing to a dispute between a dealer and some persons who he declared were friends of Wilde. The police had to be called.

Prices ruled low, the pen-and-ink sketch by Mr. J. M. Whistler only realised 22s. The writing desk of Thomas Carlyle[10] was sold for 14 1/2 guineas.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday Mr. C. Mathews[11] applied on behalf of Oscar Wilde for a postponement of the trial of his case.

The application was refused, and Friday next was fixed for the hearing of the case.


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Envelope:

D C Thomson Esq
The Goupil Gallery
Regent St
London
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 8E | 25 / AVRIL / 95


Notes:

1.  [25 April 1895]
Dated by postmark.

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

3.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

4.  ALS
'14A' written in another hand in red ink at top left, '133' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1; and also on the envelope and press cutting.

5.  New York Herald
The Paris edition of the New York Herald.

6.  Sarah Bernhardt
r.: Maud Franklin; v.: Study of Maud Franklin (M.693) was described incorrectly during the Wilde bankruptcy sale as a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), née Henrietta Rosine Bernard, actress [more]. It shows Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more]. It was bought for JW by D. C. Thomson for £15-15 at the Wilde sale, Bullock, London, 24 April 1895 (lot 123), see #05817.

7.  portrait
Not identified.

8.  Harper Pennington's
Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington (1854-1920), artist [more]. This oil-painting, [z0339], was bought at the auction by [Ross-R]. It is now in UCLA, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, CA.

9.  Oscar Wild
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

10.  Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more].

11.  C. Mathews
Charles Matthews, Oscar Wilde's solicitor in his libel suit.