The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00193
Date: [29/31 July 1894?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Charles Sprague Pearce[2]
Place: [Antwerp]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A192
Document Type: ALdS[3]

Dear Sir -

May I beg that you will accept my thanks for your most courteous message from Antwerp[4] -

The pictures[5] were, as you gathered from my silence, painted before the date specified -

Pray convey to the gentlemen of the Committee my high sense of the very great compliment paid to me by this official evidence of their sympathy & regard -

I am much touched by their approval & trust they will be assured that no keener pleasure could have been given me by honour awarded, than such expression, by my distinguished Confrères, of the wish that it should be awarded to bestowed upon my self -

And I have, Dear Sir,
the honour to be
Yours very faithfully

J McN Whistler

[p. 2] RICCARDO [...] / LE COMITÉ O[...] / B. BEZZI - G. CIARDI - A. [...] / E. MARSILI - L. NONO[6] - A. [...]

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1.  [29/31 July 1894?]
On 11 July 1894 C. S. Pearce telegraphed to JW that works painted before 1885 were excluded from competition (#00191). He expanded upon his message on 28 July 1894 (#00192).

2.  Charles Sprague Pearce
Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914), genre and portrait painter [more], and secretary to the committee of the Etats Unis section of Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894.

3.  ALdS
This note is written by JW on a scrap of torn paper; on the reverse side is a section of printed letterhead from the organisers of ean exhibition, probably 1st Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1895.

4.  Antwerp
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315) was shown at Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894.

5.  pictures
Painting exhibited at Antwerp: possibly Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), possibly Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169), possibly Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 152), Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315) and Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

6.  NONO
Bartolomeo Bezzi (1851-1925), painter [more], Guglielmo Ciardi (1843-1917), genre, landscape and marine painter [more], and Luigi Nono (1850-1918), painter [more]; they were, with Antonio Fradeletto (1858-1930), literary historian, art critic and writer, radical politician, and general secretary of the Venice Biennale [more], organising the Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, which eventually became the Venice Biennale, one of the most important European international exhibitions.