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System Number: 05494
Date: 20 March 1888
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Octave Maus[1]
Place: [Brussels]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S139
Document Type: ALS


[logo with crowned lion:] R. B. A.
THE / ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS,

SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL,
LONDON

March 20 1888.

Dear Mr Maus -

The only news I have at all had of my exhibition[2] with you gentlemen in Brussels, is first in the form of the bill which I enclose - that, in case you have paid it, I may protest, - and again the notice from my agent of the smashing of the frame of the large full length[3] - because of bad packing or neglect -

Beyond this, my dear Mr Maus, not a word - [p. 2] Neither extracts from the papers, nor even the Catalogue - though I understood you to say that it was coming -

Believe me meanwhile with many thanks, very faithfully

J. McNeill. Whistler

To
Octave Maus Esq.
Hon. Secretary
Société des Vingts -


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Notes:

1.  Octave Maus
Octave Maus (1856-1919), advocate, writer and art critic [more]. See Maus' reply, #05495.

2.  exhibition
[Exhibition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1888. JW showed eight works, including two oils, pastels and etchings. The two oils were Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169) and Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181). He also drew a sketch showing his desired arrangement of his pictures in the gallery (see JW to O. Maus, #09244). See, in addition, JW to Maus, #09245, #09237, #09242.

3.  large full length
That is, The Fur Jacket. It is identifiable as the upright in the centre of JW's sketch (#09244).