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System Number: 04376
Date: [13/15 December 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Thomas Stead[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P15
Document Type: ALd[3]


Mr Whistler's experience of the Critic's variety

Mr Whistler and the Critics convictions -

In a long & elaborate article in the Fortnightly Review of last season, Mr. Theodore Child[4] established for himself a reputation of courage and art wisdom by his bold proclamation of the seriousness and logic of the and high character of Mr. Whistler's work among the Confrères the painters of our time Mr Whistler's greatworth and seriousness sincere among among as Master Among the Painters of our times -

He dwelt upon the noble character simplicity of his work of Mr Whistler's productions and pointed out that while this one serious and scientific worker was is esteemed and looked up to in France [p. 2] here in England we had mistaken him for a mere duffer -

In an equally long & elaborate article in the N. Y. Sun[5] this champion has decried his hero as a charlatan and poseur, with the usual accomplishments accompaniments we have long been accustomed to -

The following is Mr Whistler's acknowledgement[6] of this recantation: -


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Notes:

1.  [13/15 December 1886?]
This is related to a letter published in Truth on 13 January 1887 (see #00611 and #00610).

2.  William Thomas Stead
William Thomas Stead (1849-1912), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1883-1890, founder-editor of the Review of Reviews in 1890 [more].

3.  ALd
Three small areas of pen and ink crosshatching, most likely by JW, appear on p. 1.

4.  Mr Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

5.  N. Y. Sun
T. Child, New York Sun, 5 December 1886.

6.  Mr Whistler's acknowledgement
See #00610.