The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: An Exhibition of etchings, Drypoints and some Pencil Drawings by James Mcneill Whistler, Grolier Club, New York, 1894
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System Number: 04007
Date: 1 January 1895
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M278
Document Type: ALS

'Jan 1st 95.[2]'


Dear Mr. Whistler;

You have been much in evidence in two cities this side of the ocean during the last month. At our Metropolitan Museum, "The White Girl"[3] still holds her splendid supremacy. At the Grolier Club[4] the Haden[5] collection of your etchings has been shown, attracting the largest number of visitors ever known to attend one of our exhibitions. During the fortnight nearly two [p. 2] thousand friends of the members of the Club went to see your work, while the greater number of the two hundred and fifty resident members must have been at the Club House repeatedly.

At the same time in Boston - where "The Lady in a Fur Jacket"[6] adorns a prominent place in the Museum of Fine Arts, there was a representative exhibition of your etchings at the St. Botolph Club[7], arranged from my collection.

[p. 3] The catalogue which I send you will show how representative the exhibition was. The gallery was admirable for the purpose of effective grouping, and I am sure you would have approved the display.

From Freer[8] I have heard of you in a letter written as he was leaving Paris; and shall hope to hear from you directly before long - It is some time since you wrote.

[p. 4] Meanwhile I shall trust that all is going well with you and Mrs. Wistler[9]. To you both I send a hearty New Year greeting.

Yours faithfully

Howard Mansfield

January 1, 1895

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  Jan 1st 95.
Added in another hand, in pencil.

3.  The White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38).

4.  Grolier Club
An Exhibition of etchings, Drypoints and some Pencil Drawings by James Mcneill Whistler, Grolier Club, New York, 1894.

5.  Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

6.  The Lady in a Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

7.  St. Botolph club
[Etchings from the collection of Howard Mansfield], St Botolph Club, Boston, 1894.

8.  Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

9.  Mrs. Wistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].