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System Number: 00306
Date: 26 April [1889][1]
Author: Jacques Émile Blanche[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Christian Symons[3]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B82
Document Type: ALS[4]

April 26th.

19 rue des Fontis.

Dear Sir

I am sorry to let you know I am not free and cannot leave Paris on the first of May - Kindly excuse me and tell the Master I should have [p. 2] been so glad to attend the Dinner[5].

Yours sincerely

J. E Blanche

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'J. E. Blanche'[6]

W. Christian Symons. Esq.
55 Park Road
Haverstock Hill
Londres N. W
[postmark:] PARIS 53 / R. PIERRE GUERIN / 4E 26 / AVRIL / 89
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. N. W. / [1?] 7 / AP27 / 89


1.  26 April [1889]
Year dated from postmark.

2.  Jacques Émile Blanche
Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942), portrait painter, art critic and writer [more].

3.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more].

4.  ALS
This letter was published in MacDonald, Margaret F. and Joy Newton, 'Letters from the Whistler Collection (University of Glasgow). Correspondance with French Painters,' Gazette des Beaux Arts, no. 128, December 1986, pp. 201-214, at p. 207.

5.  Dinner
Symons organised the banquet held in Whistler's honour on 1 May 1889 at the Criterion in London to celebrate the award to Whistler of a first class medal at Munich and the Cross of St. Michael of Bavaria. A similar banquet was held in Paris on 28 April.

6.  'J. E. Blanche'
Written in another hand, in purple pencil.