The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04624
Date: 1 October 1895
Author: Harrison Smith Morris[1]
Place: Philadelphia
Recipient: Arthur Jerome Eddy[2]
Place: Chicago
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P264
Document Type: TLc


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.


Oct. 1, 1895.

Arthur J. Eddy, Esq.,
616 Rookery, Chicago, Ill.

My dear Sir:-

It is very gratifying to have your favor of September 28th in regard to the portrait[3] of yourself by Mr. Whistler, and I trust that your correspondence with him may result in our having this very important work for our exhibition. Mr. Whistler seemed to entertain such cordial sentiments towards this academy, that I feel sure he would want the picture to be shown here. As the exhibition opens on December 21st, it will of course be needful, in view of the long delays in foreign correspondence, to arrange the matter, if possible, at the earliest convenient time.

How would it do to suggest to Mr. Whistler that the varnishing be done here by some one selected by him? We should be glad to use our influence with a view to fulfilling his wishes.

I can assure you of a very cordial welcome to the academy, and to the exhibition, if we are fortunate enough to have you in Philadelphia during its continuance. It does not close until February 22nd, and with this latitude I hope you can do us the honor to visit us.

Yours very truly,

H. S. Morris,

Managing Director.

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1.  Harrison Smith Morris
Harrison Smith Morris (1856-1944), Directing Manager of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [more].

2.  Arthur Jerome Eddy
Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920), writer and collector [more]. This letter was enclosed in a letter from Eddy to JW, 4 October 1895, #01025.

3.  portrait
Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Brown: Portrait of Arthur J. Eddy (YMSM 425).