The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05868
Date: 1 February 1881
Author: Godfrey Turner[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T213
Document Type: ALS


[embossed circular stamp:] DAILY TELEGRAPH / FLEET ST / LONDON / E C.

1 February '81.

My dear Sir,

I cannot refrain from telling you, confidentially and regretfully, that hard conditions as to the length of my notice of the Venice Pastels[3] deprived me of nearly all the pleasure I should have had in seeing it in print. After having had my Ms set up, and when I had the proof before me, it was intimated that the only chance of its finding a place in this day's paper would be afforded by my cutting it down to about a third [p. 2] of its already inadequate length. I thought it best to perform the operation, and did the deed reluctantly enough. Pray accept this explanation of the scant justice which I have been able to render these fascinating and delicious bits of colour.

Yours faithfully,

Godfrey Turner

Marcus B Huish, Esq.

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1.  Godfrey Turner
Godfrey Turner (1824-1891), art critic [more].

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  Venice Pastels
Turner's review of Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881; see Anon., 'Venice Pastels,' The Daily Telegraph, 5 February 1881.