System Number: 07582
Date: 8 February 1899
Recipient: William Cleverley Alexander
Repository: British Museum, London
Call Number: Department of Prints and Drawings, 1958-2-8-33
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue. du Bac -
Feb. 8. 1899.
Dear Mr Alexander -
You have, of late years, so [p. 2] continually refused my requests, that I feel quite fresh again - and as though I had never undergone such mortification! -
Italy, then, has never seen this beautiful painting of yours - and I would earnestly beg you to consent, when the Mayor of Venice, and President of the Exhibition send you the letter asking you to let them hang in a place of honour this work -
This communication, I am told, you will receive in a day or two. -
The King opens the Exhibition personally - and the state and consequence of the ceremony is but a faint indication of the real artistic dignity and appreciation of the body -
I may say certainly that I feel the Venice Exhibition to be far away the most important, after Paris, in Europe - and the gratitude of the Council, and their acknowledgement to yourself will show their high sense of your courtesy. -
Also, even if of less avail, I will add my personal prayer - and my warmest thanks before hand - -
With kindest regards to Mrs Alexander, and your daughters.
J. McNeill Whistler
Written on mourning stationery.
4. Miss Cissie's
JW meant Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129). The exhibition was 3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice, 1899. It opened on 22 April 1899.