The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02264
Date: 18 September 1890
Author: Gérard Harry[1]
Place: Brussels
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I5
Document Type: ALS


Sept. 18 / 90

Cher maitre

Circumstances will prevent me from reverting to the "Hawk[2]" question until it enters into some fresh phase, but you will see that I published in yesterday's "Independance" some reminiscences of your collision with Mr. Ruskin[3], for the enlightenment of some of the Belgian admirers of your works who may be unaware of their interesting history.

As to the "Whirlwind[4]" which I read with enjoyment, will you kindly ask them to send me their pretty paper regularly and I will certainly find some good opportunity of putting them in "evidence" on the Continent.

[p. 2] I am so glad that you found my version of the Moore[5] beating so faithful to the facts. Indeed it has been going the round of all the newspapers in Europe (continental Europe, of course).

How Mrs. Harry[6] and myself - and indeed every one in Brussels - relish your "Lady Archibald Campbell[7]" and its "pendant". Of course it had bewitched our eyes before but it is a case of repetita placent[8] for ever lasting. Let us know when the author and charming Mme. Whistler[9] are going to pay us the promised visits and meanwhile believe me, cher maitre,

Votre tout cordialement devoué

Gerard Harry

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1.  Gerard Harry
Gérard Harry (fl. 1877-1890), journalist for L'Indépendance Belge [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter (#11627).

2.  Hawk
The quarrel between JW and Augustus Moore, editor of The Hawk, was the subject of an article in the St. James's Gazette on 10 September 1890 and referred to by JW in letters to the Sunday Times on 13 September 1890 (#09460, #09461).

3.  Mr. Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. A reference to the Ruskin trial, 25-26 November 1878.

4.  Whirlwind
Presumably the account given by Herbert Vivian in The Whirlwind, vol. 1, no. 12, 13 September 1890, p. 180.

5.  Moore
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more]. In the quarrel referred to above, JW had attacked Moore with his cane in a theatre in Drury Lane.

6.  Mrs. Harry
Mme Harry, wife of the journalist Gérard Harry.

7.  Lady Archibald Campbell
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242). It was exhibited in Exposition Générale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1890.

8.  repetita placent
Lat., things revisited are pleasing.

9.  Mme. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].