The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08121
Date: [10 November 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Malcolm Charles Salaman[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/50/1
Document Type: ALS

My dear Salaman -

I would have been to see you in answer to your note, but have not had a moment -

Now behold: -

The Royal Academy of Münich[3], have elected Mr Whistler an Honorary Member of their body, "as a sign of the honour & high esteem in which they hold his superb work in the domain of Art;" and H. R. H. Prince Luitpold of Bavaria[4] has graciously been pleased to confirm the election - -

and upon this you might dilate as you like - pointing out the recognition in full, from abroad as compared to the determined negation at home - not forgetting that Mr Whistler has this honour conferred upon him the very first time his works are shown in the land. -

And then you have the British Artists[5] and their surly attitude towards the man who had devoted to them his energies & his success, and whose honours they now might have shared!!

etc etc - - -

[p. 2] I am shockingly tired for once! and must bid you goodnight for it is awfully late - but you must come down and see me -

Always sincerely

[butterfly signature][6]

Tower House
23 Tite Street
Chelsea -

'Nov 10, 1888[7]'

This document is protected by copyright.


To -
Malcolm Salaman - Esq.
24. Sutherland Avenue -
[postmark:] LONDON SW / 10 / NO 17 / 88


1.  [10 November 1888]
Dated from date endorsement (see below) and postmark.

2.  Malcolm Charles Salaman
Malcolm Charles Salaman (1855-1940), art critic and dramatist [more].

3.  Royal Academy of Münich
See the Academy's letter (#04224) and JW's acknowledgement (#04225, #04226).

4.  H. R. H. Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Luitpold (1821-1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria [more].

5.  British Artists
JW had resigned as PRBA in July 1888.

6.  [butterfly signature]
The butterfly is of the new variety adopted on JW's marriage, set on a trefoil based on the monogram (BP) of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

7.  'Nov 10, 1888'
Date inserted in pencil in another hand.