The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02301
Date: 16 April 1898
Author: Albert Ludovici[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I41
Document Type: ALS


April 16th 98 -

Dear Whistler -

Your letter[2] so complimentary to myself was read at the meeting on Thursday evening by the Secretary, and I cannot tell you how delighted I was, to hear your very flattering appreciation of my efforts in Paris, crowning as it does, a most eventful moment in my life, proving again what an esteemed friend I have the honour of possessing, and inspiring in me no end of gratefulness, for all he has always done for me. The meeting, you have no doubt heard all about - it ended by a formal vote of thanks, for my part of the work - which I believe is to be inscribed on the books of the Society -

[p. 2] I was rather disappointed, that you had not returned the list of names corrected, as I had informed the Committee at the meeting before, that there were several names, objected to by you, which, I was not quite certain enough, to tell them, but said that you would send the list. Shannon[3] was not present at the last meeting - I received an amiable letter from the young Milcendeau[4], saying that he had shown you his drawings, and that you had chosen more. Pennell[5] and I, went to a small french restaurant in Soho after the meeting, and met little Rothenstein[6] whom I tackled on his resignation, wishing to hear his version, especially as people in London are saying that the members of the International Society had already quarrelled and on my account, he was full of talk, trying to convince us that he was a modest young man, and not at all aggressive when every word of his proved to us the contrary - and after all left us with a poor opinion of he and his - but convinced us of their great regret in coming to such a rash decision -

[p. 3] I had a note from Howard[7] yesterday just in time before the post, informing me of the pictures by Degas[8]; Manet[9] and Monet[10] that you had secured from Durand Ruel's[11] whereupon I wrote off to our Agent in Paris, to go and arrange with them about the sending and to inquire about the prices for insurance, which with yours, will have to be added to our Policy, at Lloyds -

So far every thing seems to be going smoothly, the tug of war will probably be, when the Committee meets for the hanging of pictures and drawings, and it may be necessary for our President to come across, and rule over the meetings - I hope you have got rid of your bad cough and that you are feeling better; with kind regards to Mrs & Miss Phillip[12] - who may be interested to hear that the small purchases I made at the Bon marché quite delighted my Wife[13] and daughter, avec bien des compliments de leur part[14]!

I am always yours devotedly

A. Ludovici

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1.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more], Council member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

2.  Your letter
Probably JW to J. Lavery and the Committee of the ISSPG, 8 April 1898, #02924.

3.  Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more].

4.  Milcendeau
Edmond Charles Théodore Milcendeau (1872-1919), landscape and portrait painter [more].

5.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

6.  little Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

7.  Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more], Secretary of the ISSPG.

8.  Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917), artist [more].

9.  Manet
Edouard Manet (1832-1883), painter [more]. These included The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian.

10.  Monet
Claude Monet (1840-1926), artist [more].

11.  Durand Ruel's
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer, or one of his sons, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) or Georges (1866-1931).

12.  Mrs & Miss Phillip
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more] and Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

13.  my Wife
Marie Ludovici (b. ca 1852), wife of the painter Albert Ludovici, Jr. The 'Bon marché' was the largest Paris department store.

14.  part
Fr., with plenty of compliments on their part!