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System Number: 13193
Date: [December 1899/February 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Marion Farquhar[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F578
Document Type: ALS


[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

Dear Mrs Farquhar,

I cannot resist sending you this fascinating little Boer Boy[3]! -

Is he not too delightful!? -

[butterfly signature]

Léonie[4] has prepared a little grilled something for breakfast - So that I trust all will be most excellent! -

And, do you know, I miss your rings of late!

It would be well, in the great work[5], to see the blue[6] stones and opals and other jewels on the pink fingers of the Princess! -

I mean[7] to show you the Lady this next week! so choose your days - Perhaps, if you do not come this morning to the Studio I shall see you both here at the hour of the little Cocktail? -

P. S. Saturday[8] morning - Please dear Mrs Farquhar, do not hesitate if you feel at all that today is still too cold or disagreable to undertake the journey, and we will say Monday instead - The picture is in such [a] pretty state that nothing like haste or effort should be connected with it now - and you know I can go on with my own[9], and take up yours again on Monday if you like - So don't run any risk with colds! - Only a word in answer -

Léonie tells me it is snowing again this morning -

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1.  [December 1899/February 1900]
Dated from the references to the Boer War, winter and a portrait (see below).

2.  Marion Farquhar
Marion Farquhar (b. ca 1872, m. 1897), née Peck [more].

3.  Boer boy
JW supported the Boer cause during the Boer War (October 1899-1902), a dispute between Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner) republics, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. JW delighted in caricatures, particularly those inspired by British defeats. He may have been alluding specifically here to a drawing by Caran d'Ache (1859-1909), né Emmanuel Poiré, caricaturist [more], such as Le Départ du Maréchal Roberts (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, p. 193).

4.  Léonie
Léonie, possibly one of JW's servants.

5.  great work
Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439), begun before the sitter's marriage in 1897. It was never completed and remained in JW's studio at his death.

6.  the blue...Princess!
This portion of text is in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.

7.  I mean...Cocktail?
This section is written in pencil in the margins at the bottom and the right of the page.

8.  P. S. Saturday...this morning
Written in pencil in the space at the top of the page.

9.  my own
Brown and Gold (YMSM 440).