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System Number: 00511
Date: [22 June 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C12
Document Type: ALS


How very pretty of you! -

No one but the Queen Leopard shall purr as she has done -

Yes I think that my Luck and I can together collect silver baskets and blue China[4], and like [p. 2] the "few" of this world - and indeed invent the undiscovered couple!

For You know the Trixie[5] is my 'Luck' - - and see how well the trefoil and the butterfly belong -

[butterfly signature][6]

14. Upper Cheyne Row is the address -

where Trixie will be delighted to see the Snow Leopard -

This document is protected by copyright.


Call Number: Whistler LB 5/148/2
'The Lady Collin Campbell[7].
67. Carlisle Mansions.
Victoria. S. W.'
[postmark:] 'June 22. 1888.'


1.  [22 June 1888]
Dated from postmark as recorded by the copyist.

2.  Lady Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell
Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, Lady Colin Campbell, writer, art critic and amateur artist [more].


4.  silver baskets and blue china
Their collection (mainly of Georgian and Dutch silver and chinese poreclain) came to the Hunterian Art Gallery.

5.  Trixie
JW was about to marry Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. One of his nicknames for her was 'Luck'.

6.  [butterfly signature]
Butterfly signature placed on a trefoil, which was the monogram of Beatrix Philip, designed before her marriage ('B' and reversed 'P').

7.  The Lady Collin Campbell
The envelope has not been located, but it was copied by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; the postmark was not copied in full.