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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01387
Date: 24 December 1902
Author: Ernest George Brown[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F319
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.

Dec 24th 1902

Dear Mr. Whistler,

I enclose a good notice of The Silver by Lady Colin Campbell[2] which I thought you would like to see and also one by Claude Phillips[3]. Lady Colin asked me if she might be allowed to have the card "The tongue of the Just is as choice Silver"[4] at the close of the exhibition and I promised to ask you. Your case is very much admired by every one who comes and I will believe it is diverting the taste from the very old Silver, to the Georgian - which is much [p. 2] more elegant and cultivated than the ancient. I wish you could come and see it but I hope you will before it closes and I can tell you more than by letter. I have just met Mr Studd[5] in Regent St and I asked him to call and see the exhibition, which he promised to do.

I think a proof of the catalogue ought to have been sent to you before it was printed but Mr Huish[6] has not been well and overlooked it. He has gone away now. I hope it was all correct.

Let me wish you and yours all the compliments of the Season.

Yours sincerely,

Ernest G. Brown.


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Notes:

1.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  Lady Colin Campbell
Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, Lady Colin Campbell, writer, art critic and amateur artist [more]. Lady Colin was then art editor at the World.

3.  Claude Phillips
Claude Phillips (1846-1924), barrister, journalist and art critic [more].

4.  The tongue of the Just is as choice Silver
Proverbs 10.20. JW wrote it on a card to accompany the case containing silver from his collection in an exhibition of old silver at the Fine Art Society. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 294. See also M. B. Huish to JW, #01377, #01378.

5.  Mr Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

6.  Mr Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].