The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05525
Date: [19 November 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Samuel Henry Jeyes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S170
Document Type: ALd[3]

And towards Saturday, journalism becomes literature for the Reviews - & there is much wisdom & technique from the shelves - & Brushwork and Botticelli[4] and "our own Early Victorian Pickersgill[5]"!

and while it is all our dear old Podsnap[6] in the crimson tie of the Universities - the Red Badge[7] of British Culture

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1.  [19 November 1902]
On 19 November 1902 JW wrote to the Standard what would be his last letter to the press (Whistler, James McNeill, 'Une Dernière Incarnation,' The Standard, 21 November 1902; #09448). He complained that Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more], had suggested, in his review of the 12th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, New Gallery, London, 1902, that Grenat et or: Le Petit Cardinal (YMSM 469) was old work. Wedmore had in fact noted that the picture had been exhibited at the 12th Exhibition, Ouvrages de Peintures, Sculpture, Dessin, Gravure, Architecture et Objets d'Art, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1902, just before its arrival at the New Gallery. This draft is one of a number connected to JW's correspondence with the Standard; see #05526, #05527, #07476, #09448.

2.  Samuel Henry Jeyes
Samuel Henry Jeyes (d. 1911), author and journalist.

3.  ALd
Incomplete draft, written in pencil.

4.  Botticelli
Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi Botticelli (ca 1445 - d.1510), Florentine painter [more].

5.  Pickersgill
Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), portrait painter [more].

6.  Podsnap
John Podsnap, a self-important character in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend (London, 1864-65). JW represented Wedmore as Podsnap in his correspondence with the Standard.

7.  Red Badge
A pun on the title of Stephen Crane's novel, The Red Badge of Courage, D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1895.