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 5 of 54

System Number: 09956
Date: 22 March 1899
Author: John Lavery[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/310
Document Type: ALS


March 22 - 99

Dear Mr. Whistler

Your wire came yesterday but your letter[2] to the Council did not reach me till today our next meeting is on thursday week and I shall read it to the Committee.

I understood that Mr. Howard[3] was keeping you informed upon everything of importance

[p. 2] This year our great difficulty has been making terms with the admiral[4] he has taken great care to avoid all chance of loosing money on the forthcoming exhibition and in consequence we have to face the music ourselves and our friends will have to incur whatever risk there may be[.] Last year there was a loss [p. 3] of some £400, part of which the admiral had to bear, this year he has [covered?] himself is more careful and treats us like a lot of [thieves[5]?] However we hope to come out all right

I shall see Howard at once and

There has been talk of having an opening dinner in the galleries if you approve of the idea and if you would consent to be present. We could manage to have a invite a number number of guests

[p. 4] We considered Monsieur J. J. Rousseau's[6] proposal that the society which he represents should be invited en bloc to exhibit with us at Knightsbridge but we found we could not accept the proposal and Ludovici[7] has written him to that effect of course we treated him with all the consideration that you would hope we should to one arriving with your introduction due to one who came to us with an introduction from our President.

I have written Howard telling him the contents of your letter and asking to send an invitation to Mr Waldo Story[8]

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

2.  letter
21 March 1899, #09955. JW's telegraph has not been located.

3.  Mr. Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

4.  Admiral
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more].

5.  thieves
The word looks like 'thupes'; it may have been meant to read 'thugs' but 'thieves' seems a more likely interpretation.

6.  J.J. Rousseau
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1861-1911), painter and etcher [more].

7.  Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more].

8.  Mr Waldo Story
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more], was to be invited to exhibit at the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.