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System Number: 04618
Date: 9 February 1902
Author: Harper Pennington[1]
Place: [New York]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P258
Document Type: ALS[2]

234 Fifth Avenue

Feb. 9th 1902

My dear Jimmy:

I found a lot of caricatures and scraps in an old sketch-book, not long ago, &, as they seemed fairly interesting, I wrote a few lines about them, and the Century Magazine[3] is going to publish the thing. There is a jaunty sketch of you, one or two of MacMonies[4] [sic], Wagner[5], Browning[6] (which they found "painful & not amusing"!) [...][7] the Century, & a lot more.

The Editor[8] seems to be in a fright for fear you would be angry, but I told him that you had yourself commended other scratches I made of you, besides my having had one in Punch[9]. Lord knows whether or no you will hate this thing, but it isn't disagreeable, really.

How are you?

Yours as Ever,

Harper Pennington.

p. s. It was like a breath of fresh air in a musty room to have that dear Crazy Waldo[10] over here.

This document is protected by copyright.


James McN. Whistler, Esq.
110 rue du Bac
France -
[postmark:] PARIS / [...]TP[...]R / 14 / 20 - 2 / 02
'36 Tite Street'
[postmark:] NEW YORK, N. Y. - FOR. B'CH / 190[2] / FEB 10 / 1 - AM
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R. DU BAC / 18 * / 22 - 2 / 02

[green wax seal]


1.  Harper Pennington
Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington (1854-1920), artist [more].

2.  ALS
Letter folded and sealed with wax, with the address and stamp on the other side.

3.  Century Magazine
Pennington, Harper, 'Artist Life in Venice,' Century Magazine, vol. 64, no. 6, October 1902.

4.  McMonies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].

5.  Wagner
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813-1883), composer [more].

6.  Browning
Robert Browning (1812-1889), writer and poet [more].

7.  [...]
Small tear in sheet resulting in the loss of one or two words.

8.  Editor
Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), editor of The Century Magazine from 1881 [more].

9.  Punch
Harper Pennington, 'Note of a recently "Established President", Punch, vol. 90, 19 June 1886, p. 30; see also MacDonald, Margaret F. et al, Whistler, Women and Fashion, New Haven and London, 2003, p. 12.

10.  Crazy Waldo
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].