The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05367
Date: 1 December 1878
Author: Edward Linley Sambourne[1]
Place: Isle of Thanet, Kent
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S11
Document Type: ALS

St Peters

1. Dec / 78 —

Dear Mr Whistler -

I trust you will not feel offended by my little bit of nonsense[2] wh[ich] will appear in the no. of Punch for this week. I am in a manner obliged to take up any subject the Editor[3] points out, & I have endeavoured pictorially to register the trial, without bias as a fact in art. I have every sympathy with you in what [p. 2] must be a most trying & irratating [sic] time. I fear I have made a wretched attempt at a likeness but have only my memory to go on -

Believe me
sincerely yours

Linley Sambourne

J. Whistler Esq —

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1.  Linley Sambourne
Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910), Punch caricaturist [more].

2.  bit of nonsense
See Sambourne's illustration 'An Appeal to the Law,' in Anon., 'An Appeal to the Law,' Punch, vol. 75, 7 December 1878, p. 254, p. 254. Sambourne was commenting on Whistler v Ruskin, JW's recent libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

3.  Editor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more]. See JW's reply, #08123.