System Number: 07979
Date: [3 September 1888]
Recipient: First Secretary, Central Committee, International Art Exhibition
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/12/2
Document Type: MsLS
I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, officially informing me that the Committee award me a, second-class gold, medal.
Pray convey my sentiments of tempered and respectable joy to the Gentlemen of the Committee, and my complete appreciation of the second-class compliment paid me,
And, I have,
The honour to be,
Your most obedient, humble Ser[vant]
J. McNeill Whistler
The 1st Secretary
International Art Exhibition, Münich."
3. First Secretary, Central Committee
This relates to 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' and awarded a second-class gold medal.
This letter was enclosed with a note to Robert Koehler, President of the American Artists' Club in Munich (#07978). See also other letter copies, #04206, #03489. The letter was published with minor variations in a number of British, French and American newspapers including the Westminster Gazette (11 September 1888), the Boston Sunday World (23 September 1888). This is the version published in the World and Pall Mall Gazette. See Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to the Central Committee of the International Art Exhibition, Munich], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 740, vol. 29, 5 September 1888, p. 17. Reproduced in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 229. (Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 53.)