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System Number: 00245
Date: 8 December 1891
Author: John Chandler Bancroft[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B19
Document Type: ALS

Paris -

December 8. 1891

My dear Whistler

I was delighted to get your note - Of course you go to the Louvre, in time: the only drawback is that you have got to die first!

I shall go & see the pictures at Goupil's[2] as soon as the doctor will let me get out & unless he bundles me off to the South in the same heartless way, in which perhaps I hurried a Whistler off to America. I confess my sins you see, but they shall be exhibited and [p. 2] well shown there and I think some echo will come back. I shall wait for my marine[3], undoubtedly - For as you say yourself of the bad light in Goupil's rooms, so is it also of the average private house, mine no exception, your nocturne[4] gets no chance except at those odd hours when a bit of stray sunlight is reflected on it: the rest of the time it hangs in gloom.

One things occurs to me about which there is no harm in my saying a word - It is quite possible that with [p. 3] this endorsement by France, collectors may think it a duty to have a Whistler on their walls and that there may be a new scale of prices in '92 or 93 & so on which might easily take them out of my reach. On which I draw my conclusion first that my order is on the standard of '91, where I know what I am able to do, and secondly that you are not in any way bound or committed to me and have entire freedom in the matter -

I have gained so much in the last three or four [p. 4] days, that I think there is every prospect of being able to go South next week - In this latitude apparently I cant stay - There will be no room for grief: four weeks in a small apartment of the Rue St Roch are a stiff dose of dulness -

Mrs Bancroft[5] wishes to be remembered to Mrs Whistler[6] as do I

& believe me
Very sincerely yours

J. C. Bancroft

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1.  John Chandler Bancroft
John Chandler Bancroft (1822-1907), politician, diplomat and collector [more].

2.  Goupil's
Boussod, Valadon & Cie., Paris art dealers.

3.  marine
Bancroft bought a watercolour, Silver and Blue: Southampton (M.1142).

4.  nocturne
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice (YMSM 213).

5.  Mrs Bancroft
Harriet B. Bancroft (b. ca 1843), née James [more].

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