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System Number: 01330
Date: 17 December 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F262
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.

Decr 17th 1895.

My dear Whistler.

The Exhibition[2] is progressing very nicely & it looks as if it would be a success financially as well as artistically. The weather has been beastly & I am a martyr to lumbago which has kept me in the house & I suspect deterred a good many people from coming (I [p. 2] mean the weather not my lumbago -[)]

We are sending on a first order to Way[3] as per agreement. It contains a series bought by Mr Frank Harris[4] which he requires at once as he's going abroad & he also wants signing in full[5] - We told him we doubted your doing it but he said he was sure you would do it for him - Perhaps it will be as well to make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness which the Saturday certainly is.

They gave me the most awful slating a few months ago (see the enclosed tract) The two articles were written [p. 3] by Ernest Hart[6] because foresooth - I wouldn't have an Exhibition of his wifes[7] drawings here - at least that is the only reason I can assign -

But I return to the lithographs. Those required by Harris are

8. The long Gallery at the Louvre
9. Nocturne
16 The Dancing Girl
31 The Steps Luxembourg Gardens
51 Limehouse
43 The Canal Vitre
63 Mother & Child
70 Guincamp. Yellow House[8]

I am waiting to do the [p. 4] brown paper edition of the catalogue until I get your monogram which you said you would send - Perhaps you have a block.

Failly yrs

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.  Exhibition
Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895, opened on 7 December.

3.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

4.  Frank Harris
James Thomas ('Frank') Harris (1856-1931), writer and playwright, editor of the Fortnightly Review and Saturday Review [more].

5.  in full
Double underlined.

6.  Ernest Hart
Possibly Ernest Abraham Hart (b. ca 1836), writer and collector.

7.  wifes
Possibly Alice M. Hart (b. ca 1848), wife of Ernest A. Hart.

8.  Yellow House
The lithographs on Huish's list are The Long Gallery, Louvre (C.86), Nocturne (C.8); The Dancing Girl (C.29); The Steps, Luxembourg (C.68); Limehouse (C.7); Vitré: The Canal (C.63); Mother and Child, No. 1 (C.51) (or possibly Mother and Child, No. 3 (C.52), Mother and Child, No. 2 (C.53) or Mother and Child, No. 4 (C.54); and probably Yellow House, Lannion (C.67). The latter may have been drawn at Guincamp on the Cotes-d'Armor in Brittany, rather than Lannion.