The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894
Record 8 of 19

System Number: 07784
Date: [20 January 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/3/3
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

My dear Pennell,

Very nice of you - & thank you for your congratulations -

Indeed there are a lot of things to thank you for - and among them, the jolly little roller[3] -

But I have given up writing altogether - I hoped to have been with you before now and to have said lots of things -

Had you [p. 2] not been to the Press View of the Grafton[4]? - Why do you tell me nothing about my seas[5]? - I thought you would have liked them - Also the lithographs?

What news? - do write us something - What about the new Associates? - by the way did Sargent[6] become an English-man because of much temptation?

What else?


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Joseph Pennell Esq
14 Buckingham Street
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 4E 20 / JANV / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / MP / M / JA 22 / 94


1.  [20 January 1894]
Dated by the postmark. The date '[1894, Jan 20]' is also written at the top of the first letter page in another hand.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  roller
The 'roller' could be for blotting ink when writing, for packing prints for transport, or a rubber cylinder used to apply ink on a plate before printing it.

4.  Grafton
Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894. JW exhibited three sea pieces (see below) and lithographs. The Press View was on 19 January 1894 (see #03363).

5.  seas
Violet and Silver: A Deep Sea (YMSM 411), Dark Blue and Silver (YMSM 412) and Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413).

6.  Sargent
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist [more]; see JW's letter to Sargent suggesting he might have renounced his nationality in order to become an ARA (20 January 1894, #02669; see also #05388).