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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 33 of 54

System Number: 09964
Date: 3 June 1899
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John Lavery[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/277
Document Type: ALS[2]


To
The Vice President & Gentlemen of the Committee

Gentlemen -

I gather from the papers, that "string bands", "ice creams" together with buttery teas, and "other indeccencies" [sic] pervade the Galleries "of an afternoon"! -

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

It cannot be that a step, so 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 [p. 2] the wonderful people who find their way to us & indeed we do not propose to compete with the Rink[3]! -

Why then should we turn the place into a penny Gaff[4] - or vie with the Hotel Cecil, or the Circus at Olympia!

Do we mean the people to see that the Body, in Burlington House[5], though less dull, is certainly more dignified than any out of it?

And I have the honour to be
Gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,

J. McNeill Whistler.

Paris.

June 3 1899


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Envelope:

To
John Lavery. Esq.
Vice President -
5. Cromwell Place.
London. S. W
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / 50 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmarks x 2:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 2E 3 / JUIN / 99
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S. W. / 1.30 AM / JU / [3?] / 99


Notes:

1.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

2.  ALS
See JW's draft of this letter, #09964.

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

4.  Gaff
A cheap entertainment booth or tent.

5.  Burlington House
The Royal Academy.