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System Number: 01325
Date: 30 November 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F257
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.

Nov 30th. 1895

Dear Mr Whistler

The lithographs[2] (35 in number) have arrived & very beautiful they look - They shall be pressed -

Will you let me know on Monday morning whether we may expect you Tuesday or Wednesday [p. 2] for the hanging because we do not want to disarrange Marshall[3] until the last moment especially as we have such a crowd coming & going.

I hope too that you will be able to be up for the Private View on Saturday - It would be a real compliment & would add greatly to the success of the show[.] In fact unless you are there it will not be a success, but of course [p. 3] as regards this it is entirely as you wish -

On Friday evening the "Sette of odd volumes" meet & we usually have an interesting evening & a fairly good dinner & good wine - I have two guests of differing fame - John Murray[4], head of the Publishing House, & Horace Hutchinson[5] who won the Championship at Golf & is a very [p. 4] good fellow, as in fact both are - It would be a great pleasure if you would also honour me with your company - After dinner we have a paper read by one Alfred East[6] on "Romanticism in Art", I think it is, & you might enjoy sitting on this.

Failly yrs

Marcus B Huish

I send sketch of the flag just in. Kindly return it at once[7] this only for size & shape[8] -


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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.  lithographs
Lithographs for JW's forthcoming exhibition Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895. They included The Dancing Girl (C.29), Gants de suède (C.35) and Sunday, Lyme Regis (C.134). The Private View took place on Saturday, 7 December 1895.

3.  Marshall
Herbert Menzies Marshall (1841-1913), architect and topographical painter [more]; he had agreed to curtail his show to make room for JW.

4.  John Murray
John Murray (1851-1928), publisher [more]. JW replied that he could not attend the dinner of this private club, 1 December 1895, #02983.

5.  Horace Hutchinson
Horatio ('Horace') Gordon Hutchinson (1859-1932), golfer and author [more].

6.  Alfred East
Alfred East (1849-1913), landscape painter and etcher [more].

7.  it at once
Double underlined. The flag was to hang outside the Fine Art Society's gallery to advertise the exhibition. See M. B. Huish to JW, #01299, #01319.

8.  shape
Double underlined.