The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04574
Date: [3/9 September 1895][1]
Author: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P214
Document Type: ALS



Cher Maitre -

Henley[3] writes me that you will do something for the Society of Illustrators[4] - naturally the Society will be delighted.

The size of the the [sic] page is 8 x 6 inches: - The work is going ahead [very?] [p. 2] [well?] it will be most varied - Abbey[5] has sent a lovely thing - also Sandys[6] also May[7] also about sixty others. I really think it will be rather an eye opener.

But it waits for a Whistler


J Pennell

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1.  [3/9 September 1895]
Dated from reference to Society of Illustrators (see below) and J. Pennell to JW, 30 August 1895, #04573.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

4.  Society of Illustrators
The Society was planning an anthology, the London Garland, to be illustrated by its members. Henley was to be its editor, and Pennell seems to have co-ordinated the project. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 166; and #04573.

5.  Abbey
Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more].

6.  Sandys
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), portrait painter and designer [more].

7.  May
Philip ('Phil') William May (1864-1903), cartoonist [more].