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Record 53 of 64

System Number: 09346
Date: [13 September 1894?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alfred Atmore Pope[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
Document Type: ALS


110. Rue de Bac - Paris -

My dear Mr Pope -

I have thought that I should like if you don't mind to have absolutely the facts about your purchase of the "Blue Wave[3]" - and it did not occur to me last night in the midst of our pleasant talk to ask you - That is I took for granted that you paid through Thomson[4] a thousand [p. 2] for the picture - Now was it one thousand pounds? or one thousand guineas? - I don't see why this should not belong to "history" - and I don't see why Thomson should be helped in wrapping up Mr Potter[5] in mystery - and all that - Do you? -

Do go and see Thomson - and mind you tell him you have got the "Violet and Blue[6]"!. - Ask him to show you the letter I wrote about the Selsea Sands[7] - and tell him about the statement[8] pasted on the back of that picture! - I should much like to have a letter from you before you leave - telling us of your visit to Mr Alexander[9]'s - I would go there, and if the family were away I would ask the house keeper or servants to show you the house and pictures all the same - giving my card[10], and saying that I would be very much disappointed if you were to leave without seeing them -

Again with our kindest regards & best wishes from all of us to you all[11],
Very Sincerely Yrs

J McN Whistler

Mind you make Thomson show you the Peacock Room[12]!

[butterfly signature]


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Envelope:

To
Alfred A. Pope. Esq -
Hotel Westminster
Rue de la Paix


Notes:

1.  [13 September 1894?]
The envelope was sent by hand, so there is no postmark. Dated by references to paintings (see below).

2.  Alfred Atmore Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more].

3.  Blue Wave
Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41).

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

5.  Mr Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

6.  Violet and Blue
In fact Pope bought Dark Blue and Silver (YMSM 412) for £420 on 12 September 1894; Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413) was bought by Martin Brimmer (Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413) and Study of the Sea from a Boat (YMSM 517) are the same painting).

7.  Selsea Sands
The Selsey Shore (YMSM 200).

8.  statement
#09599.

9.  Mr Alexander
'Mr Alexander's ... servants to' is written in the left margin of p. 1; 'show you ... Whistler' in the left margin at the top left corner of p. 1; and the postscript in the right margin of p. 1, all at right angles to the main text. William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more], owned several paintings including Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129), and Pope did indeed visit the house and was deeply impressed.

10.  card
#13801.

11.  all of us to you all
JW, Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], Pope, his wife and daughter, Theodate.

12.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178); the Popes were able to visit it.