System Number: 01380
Date: 21 November 1902
Author: Ernest George Brown
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F312
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,
Novr 21st 1902
Dear Mr Whistler,
You have done for poor old Podsnap, he'll have to take to something else now[.] I don't think he can come out again after that. Its splendid
I told him what you said about his being the origin of the "old age" sneer -
Would you kindly tell me what the following lithographs would cost:-
No 7 Early Morning 1878
No 8 The Broad Bridge proof on Japanese paper -
[p. 2] No 118 Savoy Pigeons -
London with St Pauls not little London No 121 -
Sorry to trouble you
Ernest G. Brown.
J. McN. Whistler Esq
John Podsnap was the pompous self-satisfied character of Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend (1864). The allusion was to Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more]. In November, JW exhibited Grenat et or: Le Petit Cardinal (YMSM 469) at the 12th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, New Gallery, London, 1902. Wedmore wrote of it in a way that implied it was a work already seen. This offended JW and he wrote to the Standard in protest (Whistler, James McNeill, 'Une Dernière Incarnation,' The Standard, 21 November 1902). The letter was reprinted in several other newspapers. He collected the correspondence in Whistler, James McNeill, An Interrupted Correspondence, Chelsea, 1902 [GM, A.25].