The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02297
Date: [11 February 1898?][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I37
Document Type: ALS


[embossed:] CHELSEA ARTS CLUB,
S. W.

Friday evening

My dear Mr Whistler

Puvis de Chavannes[3] has just telegraphed his acceptance.

Gilbert[4] however withdrew at this evening's Council Meeting. Pressure has undoubtedly been brought to bear on him from Academical sources, and the unanimity of the Press in hailing us as a new and better Academy has frightened him.

[p. 2] However — — !

I will write you again shortly: I wish you were here!

Yours very sincerely

Francis Howard

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1.  [11 February 1898?]
Dated from the references to A. Gilbert and Puvis de Chavannes (see below), and by the almanac.

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more], Secretary of the recently formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

3.  Puvis de Chavannes
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), painter [more] was an honorary member of the ISSPG (see #02289).

4.  Gilbert
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more] chaired the first meetings of the ISSPG (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 217) but there were questions over his position as Royal Academician. JW was elected Chair at the fourth meeting on 16 February 1898.