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System Number: 01297
Date: 10 October 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F229
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
[royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. 1879
MELBOURNE. 1880
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA. 1883
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON." [...]

THE FINE ART SOCIETY LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST. W.

Octr 10th 1895.

Dear Mr. Whistler

Mr Brown[2] has communicated to me on my return what has passed between you & him on the subject of the lithographs. It does seem a pity to me that you having been the originator of the revival here should not have the [p. 2] credit and that it should pass to Leighton[3], Tadema[4] & others who have merely taken it up with no serious purpose & simply to furnish an Exhibition with the halo of their names.

From what I hear Goulding[5] is getting up in consort with Dunthorne[6] & at the latters place an Exhibition, as the former says, "to defray his expenses in the matter" - This will be held some time in December, but no announcement has been made -

What we could do wd be this. Our small centre room would hold 80 frames well - it has just been done up - We open it with the original [p. 3] drawings for Trilby[7]! (I believe) in a fortnight. Well would you follow this? We could announce it at once, so as to forestall the others: or, it is possible, I could get the Artist who has the room you had, from about 10th December[8] to postpone his show: if you had a sufficiency to fill it.

I should of course be only too glad if you would contribute to the Panel show which comes on in [p. 4] May but that only means a dozen works - but it will be varied & good: amongst the contributors being Rivière[9], Gow[10], Phil May[11] &c.

Could you spare a day to run up to Town & talk the matter over as half an hour at that would be worth any amount of letter writing? Any day would suit me (& time) -

Believe me to be
Yours sincerely

Marcus B Huish


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Notes:

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

2.  Mr Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more].

4.  Tadema
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), painter [more].

5.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].

6.  Dunthorne
Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), of the Rembrandt Gallery, print dealer and publisher [more]. The Dunthorne-Goulding exhibition possibly took place in November (see M. B. Huish to JW, #01321).

7.  Trilby
This was a show of the original drawings for Du Maurier, George, Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894, Du Maurier's story of bohemian life in Paris. JW had recently quarrelled publicly with Du Maurier over his portrayal of himself in the character of Joe Sibley, the 'Idle Apprentice.' The publishers Harper Brothers later apologised and Du Maurier toned down the references to JW. There was extensive press coverage of the affair (see Whistler, James McNeill, 'Mr. Whistler on Friendship,' The Pall Mall Gazette, no. 9092, vol. 58, 13 May 1894, p. 2).

8.  December
Herbert Menzies Marshall (1841-1913), architect and topographical painter [more], agreed to curtail his show, and Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895, including JW's recent lithographs of Lyme Regis, opened in December.

9.  Riviere
Briton Riviere (or Rivière) (1840-1920), genre and animal painter [more].

10.  Gow
Andrew Carrick Gow (1848-1920), artist [more].

11.  Phil May
Philip ('Phil') William May (1864-1903), cartoonist [more]. An exhibition of May's drawings had taken place at the Fine Art Society in May 1895 (see M. B. Huish to JW, #01291).