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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01382
Date: 7 December 1902
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F314
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.

7. Decr 1902.

Dear Mr Whistler

I have not had a moment before to write to you & thank you for the silver especially the fair ladies[2] for coming & arranging the silver case

It has quite a cachet of its own & I [p. 2] am afraid sure that even our Critic[3] of the Standard cannot call the pieces 'old friends' unless he has had the privilege of putting his legs beneath your mahogany again & again.

I trust that the weather will better & that you will get here to see your show - but don't venture in this awful cold.

Very truly 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.  ladies
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more] and Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. Their visit related to an exhibition of old silver then taking place at the Fine Art Society to which JW had agreed to lend some choice pieces from his collection. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2., p. 294. See M. B. Huish to JW, #01377, #01378, #01381, #01383, #01388 and E. G. Brown to JW, #01387. R. B. Philip's description of the occasion was written to C. L. Freer, 5 December 1902, #13829.

3.  Critic
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more] at the Standard. In November 1902, JW exhibited Grenat et or: Le Petit Cardinal (YMSM 469) at the Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the New Gallery. Wedmore wrote of it as 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].