The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11329
Date: [15 January 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Aloysius Lucas[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 13/1189/44
Document Type: TDc

[Text not located; letter said to have contained a press-cutting, starting:

[In a long and elaborate article in the Fortnightly Review of last season, Mr. Theodore Child[3] established a reputation for courage and art wisdom by his bold proclamation of Mr. Whistler as "master" among the painters of our time.]

[He dwelt upon the noble simplicity of Mr. Whistler's productions, and pointed out that, while this one serious and scientific worker is esteemed and looked up to in France, we, in England, had permitted ourselves to mistake him for the mere trifler and mistificateur.]

[In an equally long and elaborate article in the New York Sun (Dec. 12) Mr. Theodore Child has decried his hero as a charlatan and poseur, with the usual accompaniments we have so long been accustomed to.]

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[postmark: WEST BROMPTON / JA 15 / 1887]


1.  [15 January 1887]
Originally said to have been sent by Lucas to JW, this presscutting appears to match an envelope from JW to Lucas with this date (#09223). The postmark is noted in the heading to this document.

2.  George Aloysius Lucas
George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more].

3.  Mr Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more]. JW's quarrel with Child arose from two articles by him (see JW's draft of this presscutting, #00611).