The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888
Record 21 of 30

System Number: 10947
Date: [14 June 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Malcolm Charles Salaman[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: Autograph file
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS

My dear Salaman -

If [Hobson[3]?] wants to make up for his former misdeeds, you can give him a chance this next week -

Quote the enclosed[4] (from the World's Paris correspondent) in its entirety - and make some pretty comments upon it -

I send you also Edmund's account[5] of the Meeting in Suffolk Street - you might make something nice out of it -


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1.  [14 June 1888]
After 4 June 1888. Dated from reference to the Royal Society of British Artists ('Suffolk Street'). JW resigned as President on 4 June 1888. JW's reference to a report by Edmund Yates in the World suggests a date of after 13 June (see below).

2.  Malcolm Charles Salaman?]
Malcolm Charles Salaman (1855-1940), art critic and dramatist [more].

3.  [Hobson?]

4.  enclosed
Probably a reference to Theoc, 'Gossip from Paris,' World, 30 May 1888, p. 22. The article reported the Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888: 'with Whistler as hero, and Caillebotte, Renoir, and other minor lights as repoussoirs. Whistler exhibits a portrait, a few delicate nocturnes, and a selection of etchings of the Naval Review, of shops in London, of children in Gray's Inn Gardens, and of street scenes in Brussels and Bruges - very wonderful works and most exquisite visions of things, observed with extraordinary analytical sureness, and rendered by a hand for which drawing has no secrets. Strange to say there is a tree represented in one of these etchings, a very young and slender tree, quite modest and unpretentious, and unlike the trees that the vulgar landscapists depict. But a tree in Whistler's work! Why this concession to Nature? The master is understood to have excused himself to a Parisian critic by pleading the youth and tender elegance of his tree adding that "à cet âge on peut les tolérer"' (at that age, they can be tolerated).

5.  Edmund's account
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. The article may have been that published by Yates in his column 'What the World Says', World, 13 June 1888, p. 18. It reported JW's resignation as President of the RBA and discussed his term of office.