The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05250
Date: 21 July 1887
Author: William Michael Rossetti[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R146
Document Type: ALS

N. W.

21 July / 87.

Dear Whistler,

I am fully convinced of the affectionate regard in wh. you held Gabriel[2], & of your respect for his genius & memory. I & others wd have been extremely well pleased to see you present at the little [p. 2] observance[3] wh. was held last Thursday, but it never occurred to me - nor would occur to me - that your absence was due to any other than some matter of necessity of or casualty.

I like the vivid character of Madox Brown's[4] bust of Gabriel, & think the little monument as a whole looks well. The project had not [been] entirely smooth sailing, but [p. 3] I am contented with its result. I need not say that I had no personal concern in the form &c of the circulars sent out: from first to last I carefully kept myself in the background - the scheme being proper to Gabriel's friends & admirers, not to his family.

Always truly yours,

W. M. Rossetti.

[p. 4] 'William Rossetti[5]
re. Gabriel Memorial Fountain'

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1.  William Michael Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more]. His letter has a mourning border.

2.  Gabriel
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more]. Rossetti died on 9 April 1882.

3.  observance
A reference to the unveiling of a memorial drinking fountain to Rossetti at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Rossetti's house at No. 16 was opened to the guests who included Robert Browning (1812-1889), writer and poet [more], and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist [more]. Holman-Hunt presided over the ceremony. JW had written expressing his dismay at having inadvertently missed the occasion (#11084).

4.  Madox Brown's
Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), painter [more].

5.  William Rossetti ... Fountain
Note written in another hand in pencil, possibly by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].