The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07978
Date: 3 September 1888
Author: JW[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Robert Koehler[2]
Place: Münich
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection PWC 2/12/1
Document Type: MsLS

The Tower House
Tite Street

Sept. 3rd 1888

Dear Sir, -

I read your letter to the New York Herald (Paris) in which you announced with gratification the adjudgment [sic] of certain medals to American Exhibitors at the Munich Exhibition[3]. Among them you mentioned myself. I think it therefore right that you should have the enclosed copies[4] of my answer in French & English to the 1st Secretary of the Central Committee. I should be much obliged [p. 2] to you, if you will let them be seen at the American Club, of which you are the Secretary President.

And, I am with many thanks
Very faithfully yours

J. McNeill Whistler

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Robert Koehler Esq
American Artists Club.
Barer St. 7b
Münich -
[stamp illegible]
[postmark:] CHELSEA S. W. / 4 5 / SP 3 / 88


1.  Robert Koehler
Robert Koehler (1850-1917), painter and etcher [more], President of the American Artists' Club in Munich.

2.  JW
Written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more] and signed by JW. A draft of this letter is also recorded, #03493.

3.   Munich Exhibition
The 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888 which opened in July. JW sent a large group of works - thirteen oils, twenty watercolours, seven pastels and thirty etchings. Amongst the oils was Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101). Although it does not appear in the catalogue, it was exhibited under the title 'Des Künstlers Mutter.' To JW's dissatisfaction, it was awarded a second-class gold medal.

4.  enclosed copies
For the English version, see JW to the First Secretary, #07979. For the letter in French, see #09318.