System Number: 07390
Date: [8 April 1881]
Recipient: Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1378
Document Type: ALS
[roundel with head of Leonardo]
My dear Watts -
read the enclosed - and you will see what an infernal game those two scoundrels Haden & Legros attempted to play - But I fancy I have pretty well stamped them out - Also I may tell you that I rushed accross [sic] Bond St on the eveg. in question and if I had found Master [p. 2] Haden
or& Master Legros, I should have made them swallow the stick I had with me or have been pretty well killed myself! -
Write me a line and tell me what you think about it -
J A McN Whistler
28. Wimpole Street
Envelope:Theodore Watts Esq
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON W / 7 / AP 8 / 81
[on verso flap:] ARTS CLUB,
1. [8 April 1881]
Dated from postmark.
3. ARTS CLUB,
The adress is embossed, as is the one on the envelope flap.
This relates to an incident between JW and the newly formed Painter Etchers' Society. In the spring of 1881, the Society held an exhibition at the Hanover Gallery. However, when Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), painter, etcher and art teacher [more], submitted three Venice etchings, Haden (who was President of the Society) suspected that they were in fact by JW. Anxious to compare the etchings with those that JW had been printing for the Fine Art Society, Haden, Alphonse Legros and Dr Edward Hamilton (1815 or 1816-1903), doctor of medicine and print collector [more] paid a visit to the Society's gallery. JW was indignant when he heard of the visit, regarding it as an attack on his artistic integrity. A lengthy correspondence ensued which was eventually published in the form of a pamphlet (Whistler, James McNeill, The Piker Papers. The Painter-Etchers' Society and Mr. Whistler, London, 1881).