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System Number: 00326
Date: 20 June 1884
Author: Joseph Edgar Boehm[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B102
Document Type: ALS

20 June 1884


My dear Mac

No wonder you can scarcely believe that I have not seen any Exhibitions[2] nor Catalogues yet - but when it opened I had to go to Scotland & then I got ill & went to Holland & then to Paris & now I am back & shall enjoy myself at the Gallery with your works - though I can [p. 2] assure you that at the Salon I went after each turn back to old Carlyle & the sweet girl in grey[3], to cleanse my eyes & then home - & old Heilbuth[4] I could have hugged when he said - "Das Einzige dort ist Der Whistlers![5]["] & I saw Wylde[6] [sic] passing the Café Riche there & voila tout -

[p. 3] I shall come on Sunday week - next Sunday I am going to Stratfieldsaye to see all the old Reliques of Wellington[7] which the Son[8] does not wear out - else I should come, -

As to honors - (to which you congratulate me) - I held only two in my hands! & lost 4 shillings surely no a cause for - [p. 4] Ich gratulire [sic] lieber Herr?[9]

I feel a Barbarian - almost an Ecossais, not to have seen your Exhibition but remember my dear Mac - I have the Nocturne & the bella Venetia[10]!

Pray forgive hurried thanks for your refreshing letter

Ever yours

J E Boehm

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1.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

2.  Exhibition
'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

3.  Carlyle & the sweet girl in grey
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) and Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) were exhibited 102nd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1884.

4.  Heilbuth
Either Ferdinand Heilbuth (1816-1889), genre painter [more], or Emil Heilbut (1861-1921), painter [more].

5.  Das Einzige dort ist Der Whistlers!
Ger., The only thing there is the Whistlers!

6.  Wylde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

7.  Wellington
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, and UK Prime Minister [more]. He bought Stratfield Saye House, on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, in 1817.

8.  Son
Arthur Richard Wellesley (1807-1884), 2nd Duke of Wellington [more]. Wellington died on 13 August 1884 without issue and was succeeded by his nephew.

9.  Ich gratulire [sic] lieber Herr?
Ger., I congratulate you dear sir.

10.  Nocturne & the bella Venetia
Boehm owned one Venice pastel, The Giudecca; note in flesh colour (M.817), and a Nocturne (not identified).