The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02691
Date: 4 [March] 1894[1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward S. Morris[2]
Place: [Philadelphia]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/179
Document Type: ALcS


110. Rue du Bac. Paris,

Feb. 4. 1894,

My dear Sir.

Your most courteous letter of Feb. 16 - has been forwarded to me here -

May I beg that you will kindly convey, to the President & Jury, my high sense of the great compliment paid me in the selection of a work[3] of mine for the award of the Temple Gold Medal.

I am much touched by this evidence of sympathy on the part of my distinguished Country men - and the honour conferred upon me is the more enhanced by the authority with which it is invested by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts -

I have, my dear Sir,
The honour to be
Your obedient Servant

J. McNeill Whistler

Edward S. Morris Esq
Directing Manager -
etc. etc. etc.

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1.  4 [March] 1894
JW seems to have misdated this letter and misidentified part of the recipient's name (see note below). Although dated 4 February 1894 by JW, Morris replied 'Your esteemed favour of March 4th last was punctually received' (#04623).

2.  Edward S. Morris
Harrison Smith Morris (1856-1944), Directing Manager of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [more]. His letter is untraced. The name Harrison S. Morris rather than Edward S. Morris is listed as 'Managing Director' of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in #04623. H. S. Morris is also the author of #04623, a covering letter notifying JW that his gold medal was being forwarded to him and enclosing his certificate.

3.  work
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242). The picture was shown at the 63rd Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893-1894. It was purchased for Wilstach Collection in 1894, the first work to enter an American public collection.