The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894
Record 5 of 23

System Number: 13507
Date: [18 March 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Alexander Reid[2]
Place: [Glasgow]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 213
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Sunday -

Dear Mr Reid -

I wrote to you[3] some time ago - and, among other things, I asked you to send me back the official letter from Philadelphia about the medal[4] -

I hope that you have not quite forgotten it -

What news have you? - and what about "business"?

Duret's sale[5] comes on, as you doubtless know tomorrow - [p. 2] I am writing on this horrid paper and with a shocking pen or pin in a café -

They say that the Exposition International at Antwerp[6] is to be a big affair - I wish you had back your pictures[.] It would be fun to get another medal with the Brodequin Jaune[7] -

Very faithfully

J McN Whistler

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1.  [18 March 1894]
Dated from reference to Duret's sale (see below); 18 March was a Sunday.

2.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

3.  I wrote to you
On 4 March 1894 (#03213).

4.  Philadelphia about the medal
JW was awarded the Temple Gold Medal at 64th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1894-1895, in a letter of 16 February 1894 (untraced, see #02691).

5.  Duret's sale
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more], the sale was at Georges Petit, Paris, 19 March 1894.

6.  Exposition International at Antwerp
Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894.

7.  Brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), had been awarded a first class gold medal at Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889. However, it remained in America, and was bought by John Graver Johnson (1841-1917), lawyer and collector [more].