System Number: 03607
Date: [20 January 1884]
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Ernest George Brown
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/16
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Brown -
It is all right about 'Arry -
The body is in the bag - only we were late this week - look out for next and get the World -
Also you may tell Mr Palmer - but I would not say much about it until Sunday or Monday -
[p. 2] I am staying here longer than I expected to - the sea to me, is, and always was, most fascinating! -
Perhaps you will think that there is a novelty about the little things I bring back -
I shall show them to you with pleasure -
If there be any more cuttings from Spectator about this affair - or indeed any thing about 'Arry mind you send them to me -
In this particular case you may flatter yourself that the next butterfly in the World is entirely owing to your vigilance! -
Yours truly -
J McN. Whistler
14. Barnoon Terrace
St Ives Cornwall -
1. [20 January 1884]
Dated by address.
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. It may be that Brown pointed out Quilter's article when visiting JW in St Ives, about 16/19 January 1884. Quilter had confused a drawing with an etching in his discussion of Samuel Palmer's illustrations to Virgil's Eclogues, as JW was happy to point out (Spectator, 15 December 1883; World, 26 December 1883, 2 January 1884, 30 January 1884 (#11399); published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 113-14; Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B.25). See also #09420 and #03608.
8. watercolors from Venice
Some of Roussoff's watercolours of Venice are quite close to JW's in format and style, e.g. A. N. Roussoff, Venetian backwaters (z193), 1888. There are six watercolours, each 248 x 115mm, in an auction catalogue, Sotheby, London, 24 November 1983 (lot 78).
Spectator, 15 December 1883; (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B.25; #11399).