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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01377
Date: 24 September 1902
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F309
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING.
TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS, FINART, LONDON.
TELEPHONE, 3767, GERRARD. [...]

THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LTD.
148, NEW BOND STREET,
W.

Sept 24th 1902

Dear Mr Whistler

I am writing to you whilst the delightful recollection of your beautiful collection of silver is still piquantly flavouring my memory and sending you a list of the pieces that I should [p. 2] very much like to adorn our Exhibition[2] & make it entirely different to any that have preceded it.

If you are so good as to let us have them you may no doubt alter & amend it but I have rather selected those which I thought would make up a pretty case & show your fine taste even running through every article you used -

The Exhibition will not open until towards the [p. 3] end of November by which time no doubt you will have left this for warmer climes. If you would, before you go, entrust it to my care, I would have it placed in our safe, & would give you a policy covering it against all risk, and you might rely upon its being well displayed, apart from the rest, & distinctly as yours.

[p. 4] I hope that this favourable weather will soon fetch you out of bed, & that it will not be long before you are as well in body as your exterior appearance would lead one to suppose.

I take this opportunity of sending you a small check for some lithographs Mr Brown[3] has.

Believe me to be
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
JW had agreed to lend some choice pieces from his silver collection to Huish's Exhibition of Old Silver Table Plate in November/December. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2., p. 294, M. B. Huish to JW, #01378; Times, London, 11 December 1902, p. 4.

3.  Mr Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more]. The cheque was for 24 guineas, less 15% dealer's commission (E. G. Brown to JW, #01376). The lithographs are unidentified.