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System Number: 02291
Date: [11 February 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I31
Document Type: ALS



Friday morning

My dear Mr Whistler

Many thanks for your letter. I will read it at the Council Meeting and return it to you immediately, with I hope, the report of its good effect. Please don't forget to let me have it back though.

With regard to your post card[3] received at Upper Cheyne Row this morning, I dont' suppose - having had experience of French systems [p. 2] - the communications I sent you will ever reach you now, so I forward you again copies of the invitation as sent out (lacking of course the names of Begas[4], Carolus-Duran[5], Dillens[6], Fremiet[7], Lambeaux[8] and St Gaudens[9], added since)

It goes without saying we were delighted about Macmonnies[10]!

I think that among the letters sent to the wrong address, in your care, were those of invitation to Gustav Moreau[11], Macmonnies, and Zorn[12] (I am not sure about the last though)[.] We could not find out their addresses. Would it be troubling you too much to ask you to let them have the invitations I send you. (Perhaps application at 2 Rue du Bac would discover the others)

At present we have had acceptances[13] from, Alexander, Aman-Jean, Besnard, Blanche, Boldini (by word of mouth when last in London), Giovanni Costa, Dill, Frajiacomo, Klimt, Klinger, Liebermann, Macmonnies (I include him), Meunier, Rodin, Segantini, Stuck, Thaulow, and Von Uhde (by word of mouth to Sauter[14]).

[p. 3] Those not yet heard from[15] are
Begas, Boecklin, Carrière, Puvis de Chavannes, Degas, Dillens, Carolus-Duran, Fantin Latour, Fremiet, Helleu, Lambeaux, J Maris, Menzel, Moreau, Mesdag, Pradilla, St Gaudens, Von Lenbach, Zorn. I shall telegraph to Puvis, Carrière, Boecklin, and Menzel today. If you have any opportunity of using your influence in hurrying these people to a decision, I hope you will exert it.

I am sending you with this besides copies of the invitation, copies of the minutes of the two Council Meetings we have held - also a cutting from the Daily Mail which please return to me for our book of cuttings[16]

Yours very sincerely

Francis Howard

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1.  [11 February 1898]
This is a reply to JW's letter of the previous day, #11307. It relates to the exhibitions of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, established in December 1897. Its first exhibition took place in May 1898 (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, pp. 216-17).

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

3.  post card

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

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

6.  Dillens
Hendrik Joseph Dillens (1812-1872), painter [more].

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

8.  Lambeaux
Joseph ('Jef')-Maria-Thomas Lambeaux (1852-1908), sculptor [more].

9.  St Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor [more].

10.  Macmonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].

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

12.  Zorn
Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920), painter, etcher and sculptor [more].

13.  acceptances
The list of acceptances comprises John White Alexander (1856-1915), portrait painter and decorator [more]; Edmond François Aman-Jean (1860-1935), painter, engraver and lithographer [more]; Paul Albert Besnard (1849-1934), painter, graver and writer [more]; Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942), portrait painter, art critic and writer [more]; Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more]; Giovanni Costa (1833-1903), marine, landscape and genre painter [more]; Professor Ludwig Dill (1848-1940), painter [more]; Pietro Fragiacomo (1856-1922), genre and landscape painter [more]; Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), artist [more]; Professor Max Klinger (1857-1920), history and genre painter, sculptor and engraver [more]; Max Liebermann (1847-1935), genre and landscape painter and etcher [more]; Constantine Émile Meunier (1831-1905), painter, sculptor and engraver [more]; René François Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), sculptor [more]; Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899), artist [more]; Franz von Stϋck (1863-1928), painter and sculptor, first President of the Munich Secession [more]; Fritz Thaulow (1847-1906), painter, printmaker and author [more]; and Fritz Karl Herman von Uhde (1848-1911), artist, Vice-President of the Vienna Secession [more].

14.  Sauter
George Sauter (1866-1937), painter [more].

15.  not yet heard from
The following list of names includes Reinhold Begas (1831-1911), sculptor and painter [more]; Arnold Böcklin or Boecklin (1827-1901), painter and sculptor [more]; Eugène Carrière (1849-1926), artist [more]; Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), painter [more]; Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917), artist [more]; Hendrik Joseph Dillens (1812-1872), painter [more]; Émile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), painter [more]; Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more]; Paul-César-François Helleu (1859-1927), painter and etcher [more]; Jacobus ('Jacob') Hendricus Paul Maris (1837-1899), artist [more]; Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel (1815-1905), artist [more]; Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), Symbolist painter [more]; Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915), painter and collector [more]; Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz (1848-1921), painter [more]; Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor [more]; Franz-Seraph von Lenbach (1836-1904), historical and portrait painter [more]; and Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920), painter, etcher and sculptor [more].

16.  book of cuttings
'Which ... book of cuttings' is written in the right-hand margin. The volumes of press-cuttings kept by the ISSPG are in the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.