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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 42 of 54

System Number: 11620
Date: [20/25 July 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Pourville-sur-Mer
Recipient: Ward[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 174
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]


Pavillon Madeleine.
Pourville-sur-Mer - pres Dieppe

Thursday

Dear Mr. Ward -

I wrote to you, on the impulse of the moment, upon looking at the little Edition of the Catalogue[4] - If in this hasty, and I think I may say unus[u]al, expression of pleasure, I failed to point especially to the very dainty reproduction of the Chelsea Nocturne[5], it was not from want of appreciation

I think it most charming - And now I am [p. 2] glad to say, at once, how really surprised as well as gratified I am at the proofs you send me -

The Little Lady Sophie[6] is beautifully reproduced - and it must have been difficult -

I sympathize with your exacting praise, or rather acknowledgement, in the case of the Nocturne, as an evidence of the Artist's sense of justice that is in you! and I will count upon that same sensitiveness, with perfect security, when I urge you to see that the prints of this little Lady, throughout the whole edition be, each one, as pure and silvery as the proof you send me! -

As to the Marine[7], that is simply perfect, and runs, I am sure, no risk -

Very truly Yours

J McNeill Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [20/25 July 1899?]
Dated by the address; it must date from very early in JW's stay at Pourville, shortly before the close of the exhibition.

2.  Ward
Ward, photographer, printer or publisher of the ISSPG catalogue.

3.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Catalogue
2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899; see also an earlier letter to Ward, #11566.

5.  Chelsea Nocturne
Nocturne: Black and Gold - Rag Shop, Chelsea (YMSM 204) was shown at the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899. The exhibition opened on 9 May 1899 but later editions of the catalogue contained revisions. Also shown were Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66), Brown and Gold: Lillie 'In our Alley!' (YMSM 464), Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504) Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505), etchings of Paris, pastels of Venice, and lithographs, including Yellow House, Lannion (C.67).

6.  Lady Sophie
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504).

7.  Marine
Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).