The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05469
Date: [25 June 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Washburn Smalley[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S114
Document Type: ALd

Not to be recognised, my dear Smalley, may be a sadness - I don't know! - but to be readily mistaken for another is a humiliation - qui fait douter de tout[3]! -

And O! grief and disillusion! Your preoccupation with political matter of minor importance, has given the impostor[4] the rare occasion of palming off, as his own, upon you fin connaisseur[5], a Whistler[6] of the purist [sic] water! - an

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1.  [25 June 1890]
This is one of several drafts of #04315; this version is incomplete. See also #05467, #05468, #05470, #05471 and #09331.

2.  George Washburn Smalley
George Washburn Smalley (1833-1916), journalist and Times correspondent [more].

3.  qui fait douter de tout
Fr., which makes one doubt everything.

4.  impostor
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

5.  fin connaisseur
Fr., fine connoisseur.

6.  a Whistler
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.