The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02315
Date: 26 May [1898][1]
Author: Frederick Augustus Maxse[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I55
Document Type: ALS


May 26.

Dear Mr Whistler

I am paying about 8 guineas a day for this place in rent, rates & taxes - I have spent also some £400 in converting the Hall into Exhibition Galleries - I charge to the artists no rent at all - but take my chance [p. 2] of recovering my huge expenditure by securing a portion of the Gate money. To get people we must make known as widely as possible the quality of the Exhibition[3] . . This can only be done by circulating press opinion (Believe me I dont overrate it) - in [p. 3] no other way can we get people to come: to be aware in fact of the interest of the Exhibition. - I do not see that there is any thing in the least degrading in adopting this course . . Publicity is a necessity unless I am to be half ruined which I am sure you do not wish, and so I hope you will remove your veto. Of course if the [p. 4] artists like to pay my rent we can dispense with Gate Money. I assure you that the criticism selected is quite unobjectionable. -

We have made the Exhibition known by means of it.

Yours Sincerely

Fredk A. Maxse

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1.  26 May [1898]
Year date from the reference to the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (see below).

2.  Frederick Augustus Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more].

3.  Exhibition
Maxse was proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club where the newly formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers held its first exhibition in May 1898 (Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898). See also Maxse to JW, #02314.