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System Number: 03524
Date: 16 February 1889
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Gray[1]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 7/58
Document Type: MsWc[2]

Saturday Feb. 16. '89. 1. p. m.

Telegram to.
The Bailie [sic], 14 Exchange Square, Glasgow.

   Had        sent       telegram      to       Institute[3]
   to       following     effect    Shameful   imposition
 critics   ridiculous      'tis      their       nature
   to         as          Doctor      Watts[4]    beautifuly [sic]
  puts        it           but        how         could
  your      Painters       look        at          my
 Mother's   portrait[5]       and       believe      other
 possible    brutal       frame      enough        God
  knows      please        send    photograph      and
  deny     officially       in       papers     immediately
  thank     Hamilton      Maxwell[6]   Whistler     Publish
  above      please       Maxwell    sent           me
 sketch        of         blatant    bogus       business

                    Titles[7] on back of canvas:
  "A Reverie" -      "Daybreak" - 
       "Dispersing Night melting into Day"

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1.  Gray
Gray, editor of The Baillie, Glasgow [more].

2.  MsWc
Written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more], following up a wire to R. Walker (#03522). This was published on 20 February 1889 in The Bailie (see #00233).

3.  Institute
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

4.  Doctor Watts
Dr Isaac Watts (1674-1748), hymnwriter [more]. He wrote 'Let dogs delight / To bark and bite / For God hath made them so', Divine Songs for Children, [London], 1715.

5.  Mother's portrait
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

6.  Maxwell
Hamilton Maxwell (1830-1923), watercolour landscape painter [more]

7.  Titles
The remainder is written by JW. These paintings were not by JW, although shown under his name in the 28th Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1889 (cat. no. 472).