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System Number: 02284
Date: [25 February 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I24
Document Type: ALS




The Exhibition of International Art.

Dear Mr Whistler

On behalf of the Council I have to convey to you its warm appreciation of, and thanks for, your action in accepting the Chairmanship.

Yours faithfully

Francis Howard

J McNeil Whistler Eq.


Pennell[4] will be approached immediately.

There is some out cry being made [p. 2] about the thinning down of the Exc[u]t[ive] Council, and about the Scotch character it consequently assumes : do you not think it would be politic to add others with Pennell? Would J. J. Shannon[5] be too severe a sacrifice to policy? - I know J. J. S is most loyal to you[6] I hear privately that he would accept if asked. There are of course others more sympathetic T. Austen Browne[7] [sic]. Harrington Mann[8], T Stirling Lee[9] (and we have no sculptor now), Frank Brangwyn[10], H Muhrman[11] [sic], and Peppercorn[12]. And W. Strang[13] - I had forgotten him.

Jef Lambeaux and J Dillens[14] have come on the list of Honorary Members now.

I wonder Why Helleu[15], Fremiet[16], Begas[17], Degas[18], Moreau[19], Fantin Latour[20], Duran[21], and Pradilla[22], have not answered!

Carrière[23] has wired (perhaps I told you) that he will be unable to exhibit.

Do you know Rolsholven[24], and do you think he should be invited?

Horace W. Page[25] is the business man here at present - Admiral Maxses[26] man - and we have kept him on, as he is a good official and the Admiral wanted it.

The Admiral is in Paris now and says he will see you.

F. H.

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1.  [25 February 1898]
Dated from the reference to the Chairmanship of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. JW was elected Chairman on 16 February 1898; and after a slight delay, he accepted, 25 February 1898, #09940.

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

3.  Confidential
Double underlined.

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

5.  J. J. Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more].

6.  I know J. J. S is most loyal to you
Written in the left-hand margin.

7.  T. Austen Browne
Thomas Austen-Browne (1859-1924), artist [more].

8.  Harrington Mann
Harrington Mann (1864-1937), artist [more].

9.  T Stirling Lee
Thomas Stirling Lee (1856-1916), sculptor [more].

10.  Frank Brangwyn
Frank Brangwyn (1867-1943), printmaker and painter [more].

11.  H Muhrman
Henry Muhrmann (1854-1916), artist [more].

12.  Peppercorn
Arthur Douglas Peppercorn (1847-1926), landscape painter [more].

13.  W. Strang
William Strang (1859-1921), painter and etcher [more].

14.  Jef Lambeaux
Joseph ('Jef')-Maria-Thomas Lambeaux (1852-1908), sculptor [more], and Julien Dillens (1849-1904), sculptor and medallist [more].

15.  Helleu
Paul-César-François Helleu (1859-1927), painter and etcher [more].

16.  Fremiet
Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910), sculptor [more].

17.  Begas
Reinhold Begas (1831-1911), sculptor and painter [more].

18.  Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917), artist [more].

19.  Moreau
Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), Symbolist painter [more].

20.  Fantin Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more].

21.  Duran
Émile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), painter [more].

22.  Pradilla
Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz (1848-1921), painter [more].

23.  Carrière
Eugène Carrière (1849-1926), artist [more].

24.  Rolsholven
Julius Rolshoven (1858-1930), collector [more].

25.  Horace W. Page
Horace W. Page, secretary for the ISSPG [more].

26.  Admiral Maxses
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more].