The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05429
Date: [May 1887?][1]
Author: Walter Richard Sickert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S73
Document Type: ALS



My dear Jimmy

Of course I will see the Fine Arts business[3] through. I have not forgotten that it was brought about to lose no time for me. My hurry was perhaps excusable as, if you remember, my rent fell due & I had lent you the money with which I should have paid it.

I don't see that Brown[4] [p. 2] has got a leg to stand on if you choose to push the matter. Menpes[5] & I can both swear that the agreement was that they should sell up to £20 & then return the etchings. The etchings above that value were therefore simply purloined & you have a right to have them back - or failing that to, I should think, any compensation you choose to demand. So that will be all right.

You are quite mistaken about the Exhibn Committee[6]. You know [p. 3] perfectly well that whenever I do take up any branch of your affairs that I push it on unremittingly with a certain enthusiasm to its conclusion. That is just why I am careful not to be simply misleading by serving on a comittee [sic] whose chief operations wd. be taking place when I was in Italy or Cornwall. In this one case it is surely better to leave that work to those who are on the spot than to [two deleted words, illegible] misleading by undertaking what we I cannot perform.

W. S.

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1.  [May 1887?]
Dated by Sickert's known association with JW, and a possible reference to the SBA (see below).

2.  Walter Richard Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

3.  Fine Arts business
E. G. Brown appears to have sold two etchings without authorisation from JW, and JW and Sickert were determined to get as much compensation as possible (see W. R. Sickert to JW, #05428). The 'purloined proofs' are also mentioned in #01960 and #01961.

4.  Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

5.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

6.  Exhibn Committee
JW may have suggested that Sickert should go on the SBA committee, under his Presidency.