The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02337
Date: 30 March [1899][1]
Author: Frederick Augustus Maxse[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I77
Document Type: ALS


March 30th.

Dear Mr. Whistler

Should you object to having one or two of Menpes's[3] pictures in the International Exhibition[4] this year? The Council will not invite him without your consent and I venture therefore to appeal [p. 2] to you. -

Menpes has been doing an admirable portrait[5] of Mrs Brown Potter[6] which I should much like to have in the Exhibition: I believe it would be an attraction. - I shall consider it as a great favour to me personally if you will consent. -

Yours Sincerely

Fredk. A. Maxse

[p. 3] Kindly send me a line to Hotel de Helder.
rue du Helder

I am there tomorrow night and stop in Paris Saturday & Sunday - I would come and see you on Sunday if you like. -

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1.  30 March [1899]
Dated from the reference to M. Menpes (see below). A similar letter was sent to JW, #09998

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

3.  Menpes's
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

4.  International Exhibition
Albert Ludovici informed JW that Maxse wanted Menpes to be included in the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898 (10 April 1898, #02393; see also JW's reply, 17 April 1898, #08071;). JW had quarrelled with Menpes some years previously and objected to his presence. The matter was raised again in the following year and JW agreed to let the Council decide, but, in the end, Menpes did not exhibit with the ISSPG (see F. A. Maxse to JW, 4 April [1899], #02339, and JW's reply, 6 [April] 1899, #02340; J. Howard to JW, 25 and 26 April 1899, #02345 and #02346; J. Lavery to JW, 27 April 1899, #09958; ).

5.  portrait
Menpes's portrait of Mrs Brown Potter has not been identified.

6.  Mrs Brown Potter
Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter (1857-1936), née Urquhart, actress, socialite and collector [more].