The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Documents associated with: Académie Carmen, JW's visits
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System Number: 11500
Date: [1/14 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

It was so nice of you! But is shocking conduct on the part of the students! - and I am very angry -

Most unseemly this impatience - and their immediately deserting the Atelier, is monstrous - in the face of my letter[4] too!

I hope you made them feel ashamed of themselves - -

Do they suppose that [p. 2] I am to throw up all my affairs because I have kindly promised to visit the place out of sheer silly good nature! -

However do wire me a word tomorrow morning to say if it is all right -

You see the proofs[5] are not done yet! - They have done their best - but I shan't get a glimpse of them until late tonight if I do then - Neither do I want them to spoil their work by worrying - for it is very dainty stuff they are about now - & they are most devoted - Surely Carmen[6] must be at her ease now - and after your kindly going twice - and on purpose to reassure the pupils, they must be mad if they show further restiveness -

In short I dont[7] see how I can get off before Saturday! and I dont want to miss you - as there are some little points to talk over -

I shall come to the Chatham[8] first -

Of course I may get off on Friday - but I will not be chivied about in this way! it is not

I do think that MacMonnies[9] might make all this clear - and say that it is not even respectful!

And for poor Carmen - do manage to say that she has only got to be perfectly at her ease - for it is all right -

Of course you can see me writing this at the end of the piano in crazy haste as usual!

[butterfly signature][10]

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1.  [1/14 October 1898]
Dated from the references to proofs and to the Académie Carmen (see below). Another hand has added '[ca. 1899]' at the top. A related letter regarding the Académie, also undated, is #08520.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more], visiting Paris on business, was asked to communicate on JW's behalf with the Académie Carmen.

3.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  letter
Not located. However, see JW's letters to Douglas Straight and to the Editor of the Daily Chronicle, 1 October [1898], #09347 and #07664.

5.  proofs
Of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898, which was to have been published by Heinemann. Eventually it was published in Paris in May 1899 (Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]). See JW's letters to Heinemann, [18 October 1898] and [23 October 1898], #09143 and #10808.

6.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. In October 1898, JW set up an atelier, the Académie Carmen, paying the initial rent of £200. Carmen administered the Académie while JW taught occasionally there from 1898-1901. It appears that some students left when it became obvious that JW's visits were infrequent. See correspondence relating to the opening of the Académie, #07664; #09347; #10735; #08520 #13379.

7.  MacMonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more], was involved initially in the Académie (see JW to R. B. Philip, 5 October [1898], #04742), but he withdrew when he found that his presence was not needed.

8.  dont
Double underlined.

9.  Chatham
The Hotel Chatham, Paris, where JW was a frequent visitor between 1898 and 1900.

10.  butterfly signature
The lines 'Of course ... [butterfly signature]' are written diagonally across the bottom left-hand corner.