The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02993
Date: 8 May 1895
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/9
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

May 8. 1895 -

My dear Mr Huish -

Many thanks for your letter and enclosed cheque £10-10.6.

I am very hard at work[2] in the studio completing canvases that were necessarily greatly delayed because of our long absence in London -

[p. 2] My wife[3] I am happy to say is better - though still far from strong -

She thanks you for your kind enquiries -

Directly I can, I think I shall like to get at the printing[4] - and indeed perhaps some fresh etchings -

The Exhibition you are now going to have will certainly be most interesting - and I wish I [p. 3] could see it.

For I take great delight in Phil May[5] - Certainly his work interests me far more than that of any man since Charles Keene[6] - from whom he is quite distinct distinct -

There is a brightness and daintiness in what he does, combined with knowledge, which together with the fact that in his drawings, the wit is the artist's, which makes a vast difference between him & his contemporaries -


Make whatever use you like of the above -

& believe me
Very Sincerely Yours

J McN Whistler

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1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more]; who had written to JW on 7 May 1895, #01291.

2.  hard at work
JW was occupied with pictures, including a new portrait commission, Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439), which he had begun in March.

3.  My wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. Beatrix was then ill with cancer and the Whistlers had spent a lengthy period in London consulting with doctors.

4.  printing
Of The Little Putney, No.2 (K.180).

5.  Phil May
Philip ('Phil') William May (1864-1903), cartoonist [more]. There was to be an exhibition of his work at the Fine Art Society.

6.  Charles Keene
Charles Samuel Keene (1823-1891), etcher, cartoonist and illustrator [more].