The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03998
Date: 29 July 1892
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M269
Document Type: ALS

July 29 / 92.


My dear Mr. Whistler;

Pray accept my thanks for the catalogue of your London exhibition[2]. It gives me a peculiar satisfaction to see your critics in the stocks. Surely if any artist has ever had full revenge on the race, you have. Unbiassed [sic] ignorance is the least one should [p. 2] expect of a professional art critic, yet dogmatic ignorance seems to be the rule with your detractors.

It perhaps becomes me, who am about to enter the field of art criticism, to be wary of expressing my opinions of critics. Still I have them, and shall expect enough in the way of attack to make me hold them the more tenaciously.

As regards my proposed [p. 3] book - I had about given up the notion of writing it, when the head of the firm which is to publish it came back from Europe and persuaded me to renew the undertaking. So I have written the review of the history of etching which is to be the opening chapter.

I have changed, with the concurrence [p. 4] of the publishers, the original plan of illustration - so to call it. And now the book will appear without any etching, unless you can be induced to make one for it[3].

I am coming to Paris next month, with my brother[4] who is ordered abroad for his health, and shall hope to see you and Mrs. Whistler[5], to whom, and to Miss Phillips[6] [sic], I would like to be cordially remembered,

Yours faithfully,

Howard Mansfield.

Mr. James McNeill Whistler.

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  exhibition
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

3.  make one for it
JW did not do an etching for Mansfield. After JW's death, Mansfield published a detailed catalogue of his etchings: Mansfield, Howard,A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909.

4.  brother
Mansfield, brother of Howard Mansfield.

5.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

6.  Miss Phillips
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

7.  [p. 1]
These sums and lists of expenses were written by JW on p. 1, upside down to the main text.