UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01127
Date: [16/20 March 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F59
Document Type: ALd[3]


My dear good Huish -

You are all wrong - both as to the matter of thanks and, I verily believe as to your own bu the business part of our transaction -

Look at the agreement[4], and you will see that the 20 sets were to be printed by me gratuitously if we published the etchings jointly. - If the Company bought the plates, I have no more to do with them - -

In the way of amenities the Company is getting on - I find their printed thanks to Millais[5] on the fly leaf of his Catalogue - and doubtless they are meditating a suddeness [sic] of the kind à mon intention! - "Tout arrive vient à point à qui sait attendre[6]" -

For your own efforts in my behalf, you know you have over & over again my acknowledgements - for it delights me to think of you always as my champion opposed to the board - & in this particular case, your struggle must have been a severe one - so that I am thankful - devilish thankful - that I got the cheque! - monies - Shut up the Show[7] whenever you like Huish, and we will get in the rest of the [...]


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Notes:

1.  [16/20 March 1881]
This is a draft reply to a letter from M. B. Huish to JW, 15 March 1881, #01129.

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  ALd
The text of this letter is incomplete.

4.  agreement
The agreement between JW and the Fine Art Society for Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). Huish claimed that according to the terms of the agreement, JW was obliged to print 'gratuitously' 20 sets for the Society (see M. B. Huish to JW, #01129).

5.  Millais
John Everett Millais (1829-1896), artist [more]. Joseph Middlemore Jopling (1831-1884), painter [more], had organised a retrospective exhibition The Collected Work of John Everett Millais at the Fine Art Society which opened in February 1881. The works included Alfred Tennyson which had been commissioned by the Society on 9 March. See Funnell, Peter, Malcolm Warner, Millais Portraits, exhibition catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1999, p. 171.

6.  à mon ... attendre -
Fr., for my benefit! - Everything comes to those who wait.

7.  Show
JW's exhibition, Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881, opened on 29 January.