The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06270
Date: 2 August 1902
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: G. Bergaud[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W264
Document Type: MsLc[3]


39 New Broad St
London E. C.

2nd Aug 1902


Mr Whistler has been ill so long that he has not been able to write you respecting the picture of a woman which he redeemed from you through Mr Addams[4]. He is now better and he has requested us to communicate with you at once. You state in your receipt that it is a picture which Mr Whistler had sold to Mr Leopold Stevens[5] and that the latter had sold it to Mr Georges Petit[6]

This is absolutely incorrect

Please understand therefore that Mr Whistler never sold this painting to Mr Leopold Stevens or anybody, and he never sold any other painting to Mr Stevens, nor had any transaction with him relating to this picture and nobody knows this better than Mr Leopold Stevens himself

We are Gentlemen
Yours Obedt Servants

Geo & Wm Webb

M. G. Bergaud
Societe Anonyance [sic] des Galleries Georges Petit
12 Rue Godot de Meauroi

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1.  George and William Webb
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

2.  G. Bergaud
G. Bergaud, employee at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris. In c. October 1901, JW suspected that Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], had been removing and selling on works from his studio, including Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505) to which this telegram relates. On 14 June 1902, he managed to recover it from Petit (see C. Addams to JW, #00110; I. Addams to JW, #00119; and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).

3.  MsLc
Copied in an unknown hand.

4.  Mr Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].

5.  Leopold Stevens
Léopold Stevens (1866-1935), poster artist and painter [more].

6.  Georges Petit
Georges Petit (1856-1920), Paris art dealer [more]. Petit's receipt is at #04637.