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System Number: 08075
Date: [26/30 April 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Albert Ludovici[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/18/3
Document Type: ALS


110. Rue du Bac -

Mon cher -

I wish if you have a moment you would write a line or two of news!

The You might tell me something of the meetings? - What do they say? - Do they at all understand my letters? - You know that [p. 2] really this "Society" is much more serious than they have any idea of!! -

I have put it upon the basis of an "Art Congress" - now that is an inspiration and makes it really formidable - Nothing can stand against that - and it has never occurred to any of them before -

I will send a copy of my letter to HRH[3] that it may be read at Meeting so that you may see the line taken - As far as he is concerned I find that he had already declined - but that doesn't matter - doubtless been got at already by the others - But the effect remains - You will see -

Here there is now an immense interest firmly established and that is the important element in the arrangements for the future - What a show the Frenchmen will make! -

What did you think of my last? - turning the exhibition into a "Society" - and doing away with the "parochial" side and the chairman? - Tell me [p. 3] about it - How do you all get on with the hanging? and the Catalogue - I have some odd things to put in! - This is all entre nous -

By the way what news of the "malcontents", Billie Rothenstein[4] and friends? Also what further of Walter[5]? - I am sending plan tomorrow night to Howard[6] of way in which I want my things grouped - but I rely on you to understand -

[sketch[7] of pictures arranged on wall]

So if I send my portrait[8] you will put it between the Rosa Corder[9] [sketch of picture-hanging scheme] [p. 3] and the Princess[10] - leaving nice margin - and keeping all on line, more than in sketch

However I will explain better in Howards drawing though you understand -

Ask Pennell if they got the Valparaiso Nocturne[11]?

Always, and with kindest regards to Madame[12],

[butterfly signature][13]


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Notes:

1.  [26/30 April 1898]
Dated from the reference to the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers; see JW's letter to J. Lavery, 23 April 1898, #09942.

2.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more], Council Member of the ISSPG. This letter relates to preparations for the first Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898. It opened in May. See also JW's related letter, #10694.

3.  letter to HRH
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. JW wished the Prince to open the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, on 16 or 17 May. At first he agreed, then was unable to preside but promised to 'look in' (see JW to J. Lavery, [24 April 1898], #09947; JW to Prince of Wales, #01045; Probyn to JW, 10 and 15 May 1898, #05055, and #05056).

4.  Billie Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

5.  Walter
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

6.  sketch
Arrangement of paintings at the ISSPG (M.1539). In the end JW exhibited The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36); Grey and Silver: La Petite Souris (YMSM 502); At the Piano (YMSM 24); Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203); La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50); Rose and Brown: The Philosopher (YMSM 472); Blue and Coral: The Little Blue Bonnet (YMSM 500); Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76) and, at the last minute, Gold and Brown (YMSM 462).

7.  Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

8.  portrait
Brown and Gold (YMSM 440); Lillie: An Oval (YMSM 465); The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36).

9.  Rosa Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203)

10.  Princess
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50). 'And the Princesse ... you understand' is written in the left-hand margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.

11.  Valparaiso Nocturne
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

12.  Madame
Marie Ludovici (b. ca 1852), wife of the painter Albert Ludovici, Jr.

13.  [butterfly signature]
'Ask Pennell ... [butterfly signature]' is written in the left-hand margin on p. 2, at right angles to the main text.