The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07775
Date: [July/October 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/2/5
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

My dear Pennell -

I doubt not you are still in London - and so it would be very nice of you to write us a line and tell us the news -

If you have the Hamerton[4] article don't you think you might send it on - and the Caffin[5] paper on Chicago - By the way I had a cutting which [p. 2] I can scarcely believe official, for it makes a point of the strange fact neither Harrison[6] nor Melchers[7] nor Walter Gay[8] (and others) have received any awards! - I am supposed to have received a medal for painting[9] - but nothing for the etchings -

I didn't find your name either - * However[10], as I say, I cannot believe this to be official, because of Harrison etc - We are both out of it!

Who have you seen? and what is going on - How long do you stay -

We had a delightful evening with you [p. 3] at the Café Gaillon - and a capital dinner! -

Don't stay in America! That would be too ridiculous -

With our very kindest regards to Mrs Pennell[11] & yourself and best wishes for your journey

Always sincerely yours

J. Mc.N. Whistler

This document is protected by copyright.


Joseph Pennell. Esq.


1.  [July/October 1893]
Pennell noted that the first letter he received from Whistler was in July 1893 (see #07781). The World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893, opened on 1 May and ran for six months.

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

3.  ALS
In an unknown hand, at the top of p. 1, is written the date: '[1893]'.

4.  Hamerton
Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1834-1894), author, critic and artist [more].

5.  Caffin
Charles Henry Caffin (1854 - d.1918), art critic and author, editor of the Studio in America [more].

6.  Harrison
Alexander Harrison (1853-1930), figure and landscape painter [more].

7.  Melchers
Julius Garibaldi ('Gari') Melchers (1860-1932), painter [more].

8.  Walter Gay
Walter Gay (1856-1937), artist and collector [more].

9.  medal for painting
JW exhibited Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

10.  * However ... Harrison etc -
'However ... etc- ' was added in the margin and linked by an asterisk to the text.

11.  Mrs Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].