The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07653
Date: [25 February 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/13/10
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. -

All right my dear Pennell -

I shall see about you in the new Society*[4] -

* If I have any influence! - Who knows? - I was very much opposed if I remember rightly in Suffolk St[5]!.

It is quite true that Gilbert[6] has resigned - and very naturally - for it had already taken an importance that would make it [p. 2] difficult for an Academician to officially countenance -

Your account of McColls[7] French evening was very amusing - You ought to write oftener -

Who is going to print the lithograph? Goulding[8] I suppose! Of course you can have no more to do with the Ways[9] - What has become of them? -

Kennedy[10] said in one of his late letters that they were expecting you over there??? -

What are you and Mrs. Pennell[11] doing? and have you still your Marseillaise [coock?]? -

So Sandys[12] is again a frequenter of Burlington Street - What all does he say of the Society? - -

Have you seen Henley[13]? - and what about Gosse[14]? and so we come to to the Moore[15] and his Patron[16] - What of them? In short what news?

Do you ever go to the Chelsea Arts[17]? -

Those drawings of yours of Stuttgart[18], I think it is, are very charming - What a pretty place -

I think I must go somewhere after the winters work is over -

Kennedy also says [p. 3] that Boldini[19] has rather had a hard time of it - and I understand that the orders have not been overwhelming -

Sargent[20] would know - and has done his best to help him -

Has the "Critic" been after me lately? -

With kindest regards to you both

[butterfly signature]

Say nothing

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Joseph Pennell. Esq -
14. Buckingham Street
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 1E 25 / F[EV]R / 98

[embossed:] AU BON MARCHÉ, PARIS


1.  [25 February 1898]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  ALS
Mourning envelope.

4.  Society*
The newly formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. It was formally inaugurated in April 1898 and JW was elected President.

5.  Suffolk St
JW was alluding to his Presidency of the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street from 1886-88. The lines 'If I have my...Suffolk St!', are written at right-angles to the main text, in the left margin and linked to the text by an asterisk.

6.  Gilbert
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more].

7.  McColls
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), painter and etcher, art critic and writer [more].

8.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more]. The lithograph was Firelight: Joseph Pennell, No. 1 (C.144); see J. Pennell to JW, 8 February [1898], #04577.

9.  Ways
JW had quarrelled with Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], and Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more].

10.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

11.  Mrs. Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

12.  Sandys
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), portrait painter and designer [more]. JW may have meant Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy. However, Sandys never became an Academician.

13.  Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

14.  Gosse
Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928), writer and art critic [more].

15.  Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

16.  Patron
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

17.  Chelsea Arts
The Chelsea Arts Club.

18.  Stuttgart
The drawings accompanied an article in Harpers New Monthly Magazine (Allen, Elise J., 'Stuttgart, the ancient city,' Harpers New Monthly Magazine, vol. 96, no. 572, January 1898, pp. 269-82.)

19.  Boldini
Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more].

20.  Sargent
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist [more].