The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04543
Date: [3 April 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Georgiana Horne Payne[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P183
Document Type: ALdS

Dear Mrs. Payne -

I enclose the letter[3] that has brought about this mischief -

Though I thought that by this time I was tolerably familiar with the customs of the country in which it is my privilege to live, I had yet to learn it seems, that any one in the disguise of a gentleman (of course a lady is out of the question) could permit himself on any on a special day[4] of the year to drag into a vulgar [p. 2] joke the name of a lady it was his take an unwarrantable liberty with the name of a lady for the purpose of perpetrating a dreary though [illegible word] National joke -

With us the calendar offers no such facilities license - and I am afraid we should confound the amusing man with a blackguard -

I need not say how pained I am that I should have been however unconsciously, a means of annoyance to you -

Very sincerely Yours.


Correspondence between Mrs Horne Payne & J. M. W. re. practical joke concerning etchings.'

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'Mrs Horne Payne[6]'


1.  [3 April 1878]
The final version of this letter has been dated '[3 April 1878]' (#07714).

2.  Georgiana Horne Payne
Georgiana Horne Payne (b. 1837 or 1838), widow of G. S. Atwood, later wife of J. H. Payne [more]. This is a reply to Mrs Payne's letter to JW, returning some etchings she had not ordered (#04542).

3.  letter
Not located.

4.  special day
1 April is April Fool's Day.

5.  Undated ... etchings.
Written in another (unknown) hand on small scrap of paper (possibly of a much later date).

6.  Mrs Horne Payne
Written by Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].