The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902
Record 2 of 4

System Number: 04010
Date: 30 October 1901
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M281
Document Type: ALS


October 30, 1901

Dear Mr. Whistler:

When your letter[2] came I was about to write to you and send copies of the larger photograph which has been made of your etchings as they are shown at Buffalo[3]. Two of these copies differing in methods of finish [p. 2] will go to you by the mail which takes this letter and I hope that they will give a better account of the display than the little photograph was able to give.

It was a pleasure to me to arrange the exhibit and your expressed appreciation of the results is very gratifying.

From all sides the inevitable praise [p. 3] of the etchings comes to me and to-day I have word from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts telling of successful arrangements for the more representative display which I have promised to make at the next annual exhibition[4] of the Academy in Philadelphia from January [p. 4] to March. I will enclose a list of the etchings which I think would fairly represent the range of your work in etching, although many more could well be shown, and shall be glad of your approval or criticism of the selection. I am hoping that space enough will be allowed for an effective arrangement - Of course, all the prints will be shown in Whistler frames[5].

Mrs. Mansfield[6] and Miss Margaret[7] join me in cordial greetings.

Faithfully yours,

Howard Mansfield

Mr. J. McN. Whistler.

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

2.  letter
See JW's draft of a letter, #04009.

3.  Buffalo
Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901.

4.  next annual exhibition
71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902.

5.  Mrs. Mansfield
Mrs Howard Mansfield, wife of the print collector.

6.  Miss Margaret
His daughter, Margaret Mansfield.

7.  Whistler frames
The etching frames would have been either white, or white with two fine parallel lines running the height of the frame.