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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 32 of 54

System Number: 02312
Date: [3 June 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: John Lavery[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I52
Document Type: ALd[3]


To the Vice President & Gentlemen of the Committee

Gentlemen -

I gather from the papers that "String bands" "ice creams" together with greasy tea and other indeccencies [sic] pervade the Gallery[4] of an afternoon!

If Of course the Committee is able to deny this, & I trust they will do so at once -

[p. 2] It cannot be that a step so deeply compromising to the Society should have been taken without consulting your President, who will inevitably [be] held responsible for all disaster -

We may not furnish skates to the wonderful people who find their way to us - Indeed we in no way compete with the Rink -

Why then should we turn the place into a penny Gaff[5] - or vie with the Hotel Cecil or the Circus at Olympia! -

Do we mean[6] that the the people shall to say of the Society Academy that though the Body  They may be less dull in Burlington House, - but they are certainly more dignified than any out of it!

I have Gentlemen the honour to be

I any case may I hope that the Committee will upon reflection agree with me and [see?] order an immediate discontinuance of that unseemly sort of Cristal [sic] Palace entertainment -[7]

[p. 3] Do you mean the people to see that the Acad[em]y in Burlington House, though less dull, is certainly more dignified than any out of it

And I am -


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Notes:

1.  [3 June 1899]
This is a draft for JW's letter to J. Lavery, 3 June 1899, #09964.

2.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

3.  ALd
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  Gallery
2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899, in the Prince's Skating Rink, Knightsbridge.

5.  Gaff
Cheap entertainment booth or tent.

6.  Do we mean...Palace entertainment -
The rest of p. 2 has been roughly scored through by JW.

7.  Palace entertainment -
Written in the right-hand margin at right angles to the main text.