The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901
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System Number: 04588
Date: 22 September 1901
Author: Joseph Pennell[1]
Place: Venice
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P228
Document Type: ALS

Care of T. Cook & Son
(a shocking address but I have it)


Cher Maitre -

I know I ought to write you - though why - for I haven't heard from you for years - or less I dont know. But Mrs Pennell[2] tells me you had a momentary thought of not sending to the Show[3]. That would be really too dreadful - and it cant be so. For it seems to me that this is really [p. 2] a critical period for us - and if by any chance you did not, I know what a fuss the critical ones will make, and not only that, but ever more important, the people wont come - and this year when [we?] are really starting we must be all there, at least this is my view of it. But maybe it is all a mistake, for for we must disarm the enemy and you are the one to do it. and you can and will So do! I congratulate you on Buffalo[4] [p. 3] They have kicked me there - but I think I[']m going to have some fun with them.

There is nothing very exciting here save the place - that is better than [ever?] as to people - There are [visions?] of Hop Smith[5] like this
[drawing of an artist painting at an easel on a Venetian quay with a crowd watching]
doing a little water cooler on the Riva [p. 4] and Woods[6] in solemn grandeur may be seen at 8 30 and of at Quadri, a host in himself and by himself. Rico[7] and Van Haemen[8] are here somewhere. but no Christians save Bunce[9] and a little no he aint little Henry Simpson[10] - who is most devoted and we talk of you no end. I've no idea when I shall get back. So you must console Mrs P and send. please do.


Joseph Pennell

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1.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

2.  Mrs Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Show
The 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901.

4.  Buffalo
JW exhibited Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34), Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179) and The Master Smith of Lyme Regis (YMSM 450), at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901. Perhaps Pennell meant that he had hoped to borrow them for the 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901.

5.  Hop Smith
Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915), landscape painter, illustrator, writer and engineer [more].

6.  Woods
Henry Woods (1846-1921), genre and landscape painter and illustrator [more].

7.  Rico
Martín Rico y Ortega (1833-1908), genre painter [more].

8.  Van Haemen

9.  Bunce
William Gedney Bunce (1840-1916), painter.

10.  Henry Simpson
Possibly Henry Simpson (1853-1921), genre painter [more].