The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04584
Date: [30 January 1898][1]
Author: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P224
Document Type: ALS



Cher Maitre

You are right as usual. Never a sight or a sound of MacCulloch[3] has there been. He has vanished! Still maybe the joy of victory has killed him. any way he has dissappeared. The row was this - Some (p. 2) commercial Britons, asked MacC. to mezzotint a or rather he asked them if he could - a Bishop for them - and McC. offered to do it for the same price as a photogravure which chance the shopkeepers of course jumped at. But this work of art, - an if twas a work - dident [sic] please the artist man, who was guilty of it - and there were ructions - and the shop keepers having (p. 3) failed to bring off sales of the print, thought the easiest way out of the scrape would be not to pay MacC. So they dident - Hence I was - as a last resort - called in[.] And I think this refusal to pay up £31 has cost them about £100 - tis thus they manage their affairs - as you know. I have seen not seen [p. 4] Heinemann[4] I believe he has gone with Le Gallienne and Lane[5] and other wild and wonderful creatures to America.

I want a signed copy of the Trial[6], when will I get it? You are right they have not grasped the situation. But they will - in time. I am awaiting der Spielmann[7] in the magazine of Art[8]. Do get a copy of the February Harper and read Du Maurier's apology for Leech[9]; it is magnificent; which is the bigger snob - I cant make out.


J Pennell

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1.  [30 January 1898]
Dated by the sequece of correspondence and the almanac; this is a reply to JW's letter, #07870.

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

3.  MacCulloch
George McCulloch (d. 1915), landscape painter [more]. See the reference to this dispute in #04585.

4.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

5.  Le Gallienne and Lane
Richard Le Gallienne (1867-1947), poet and essayist [more], and John Lane (1854-1925), publisher [more]. Lane had published R. Le Gallienne, Robert Louis Stevenson. An Elegy and Other Poems, Mainly Personal, London, 1895. In 1896 Lane opened a New York branch.

6.  Trial
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898.

7.  Spielmann
Marion Henry Alexander Spielmann (1858-1948), journalist and writer on art [more].

8.  magazine of Art
Spielmann was editor of the Magazine of Art from 1896-1904.

9.  Du Maurier's apology for Leech
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more]. In a two part article, Du Maurier discussed his admiration for and friendship with John Leech (1817-1864), illustrator and caricaturist [more]; see Du Maurier, George, 'Social Pictorial Satire,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1898, vol. 96, no. 573, pp. 331-44.