The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05215
Date: 25 September [1888][1]
Author: James Rennell Rodd[2]
Place: Berlin
Recipient: JW
Place: [Tours]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R115
Document Type: ALS

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Berlin -

Septr 25.

My dear Jimmy

I have been to Munich. There is a great row about you. The Secretary Paulus[3] is furious with the Committee, & says if you would only make a row he would see you received the Maximilian Order, but the medal ought to be declined. (So he told a friend of mine [p. 2] at least.) Lenbach[4] who is the one swell among them is furious, too, he says the Committee are what, being interpreted, would signify a pack of swine, and he has classified you among the six Elementar-Künstler[5] of the world. - There! Now, my dear Maestro, be discreet, dont [p. 3] quote my letter which I admit is most undiplomatic, - but either go out there, & see Lenbach & Paulus, or send back the medal.

You would look well with the Maximilian order, and it would be a grand triumph to have done the Committee in this way. Cadogan[6] will see [p. 4] you through everything. I go to Athens[7] next month, but if you were there about the 9th who knows but I might deviate from my route by Vienna & Trieste & meet you. The game will be a good one to play. Paulus can do any thing he wishes with the Regent. You would also being an American (?) be one of the few men in England who could wear this distinguished order.

Ever thine


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1.  25 September [1888]
Year date from other correspondence in this sequence, JW to J. R. Rodd, #05347, #05348, dated between 25 and 30 September 1888. #05348 appears to be a reply to this letter. See also #05214.

2.  James Rennell Rodd
James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, poet and diplomat [more].

3.  Munich
This relates to the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888. JW dismissed the award of second class gold medal for his works as a 'second-class compliment') (see JW to the Secretary, Munich Central Committee, #07979).

4.  Paulus
Adolf Paulus (b. 1851), business manager of the Kϋnstlergenossenschaft and instigator of the Munich Secession in 1893 [more].

5.  Lenbach
Franz-Seraph von Lenbach (1836-1904), historical and portrait painter [more].

6.  Elementar-Künstler
Ger., Fundamental Artists.

7.  Cadogan
George Henry Cadogan (1840-1915), 5th Earl of Cadogan, politician and diplomat [more]. See J. R. Rodd to JW, #05216, letter dated 6 November 1888.

8.  Athens
Rodd was about to take up the post of Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Athens. JW did not make the trip to Münich.