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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08221
Date: [18 March 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]


110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Sir,

I fancy that I might as well have the little Studio[4] picture back - I doubt if the nibbling man you speak of is much good - so perhaps you had better send me the "Studio" - Let me hear from you when it leaves -

It would be very good of you if you would let me know also what things of mine really did go to America for Chicago[5] - I see by the Art Journal that you say several are lent by American owners, while some [p. 2] few go from London - Cannot you give me the list? -

What news have you? and how are things? - Do you know of any other pictures of mine (old ones) that have changed hands lately? - I think you might safely keep me posted - don't you think so? -

The other numbers of the Art Journal arrived all right - and many thanks -

Now I want you to get me the interview that took place with the reporter of some paper, and the President of the Royal Scotch Academy[6]. I don't know what paper it appeared in - probably the Westminster Gazette - It was Enclosed I send you cutting, referring to it, from the P.M.G. I want much to see what the President really did say about me - and also what he said about himself! - Send me back my cutting in my case - I am sure you can easily find out - Indeed why not ask at the PMG. office -

Another thing - tell who is "D.S.M.[7]" with whom there is something of a correspondence going on about art criticism! - Did you see my Arry's[8] letter about him in the Westminster Gazette? - Amazing! Really that poor devil Arry I have made hopelessly ridiculous! - Do what he will - everybody now will laugh! - The more he writes, the more he protests - the more in earnest he becomes, the more they will laugh!! - I certainly have completely destroyed him! -

Do try & send me all this correspondence as [p. 3] it goes on - McColl's[9] article is really most delightful - I have been reading it again - By the way is he "D.S.M."?

I shall write to him one of these days -

Very sincerely

J McN Whistler -

[presscutting:]

ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS[10].

To the Editor of the PALL MALL GAZETTE.

SIR, - I picked up the following epitaph in the Sculpture Gallery of the Royal Academy. Evidently it was written by one of the new Critics - perhaps by the celebrated D. S. M. himself.

COUNTRY COUSIN

She covereth her face with her fat and maketh collops of fat. - Job xv. 27. Also a byword of the people. - Job xvii. 6.

R.I.P. SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF BRITISH ART WHO STARVED TO DEATH BY OFFICIAL GREED EXPIRED AFTER A TEDIOUS CAREER OF COMMERCIAL DISHONESTY ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY AND RESTS IN THE HOPE OF A JOYFUL REVIVAL SOMETIME OR OTHER DEEPLY REGRETTED BY FORTY DUTIFUL SONS DIVERS DEALERS AND THE ILLUSTRATED PAPERS PAINFULLY DEVOID OF PERSONAL CHARM SHE WAS A BLAMELESS MORALIST A PROFOUND HISTORIAN A SINCERE CHRISTIAN SHE CHERISHED NO UNPROFITABLE IDEAL NOR EVER EXRESSED IN PAINT WHAT HAD NOT BEEN UTTERED IN WORDS STAY, CRITIC, STAY, AND SHED A TEAR FOR ALL THY TRADE LIES BURIED HERE.

N.B. Not even in the Grave is Profit forgotten and the Curious may examine the Victim's mortal Spoils at the Mausoleum in Burlington House on payment of One Shilling.


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Envelope:

D. C. Thomson - Esq -
The Goupil Galleries -
5 Regent Street -
London.
S W
Angleterre.
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PA[RIS] / R. DU BAC / 18 MARS 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W / A E / MR 20 / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S.W. / U E / MR 20 / 93


Notes:

1.  [18 March 1893]
Dated from postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]

3.  ALS
'8A' is written in red ink in an unknown hand at top left, and '54' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and on the envelope; '4C' is written at top left of the press-cutting, and '61' at bottom right.

4.  Studio
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63), which JW was trying to sell for William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

5.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

6.  President of the Royal Scotch Academy
Sir George Reid (1841-1913), painter, President of the Royal Scottish Academy [more].

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

8.  Arry's
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more], letter in Westminster Gazette, not located.

9.  McColl's
He had written an article on JW: MacColl, D. S., 'Mr. Whistler's Paintings in Oil,' The Art Journal, March 1893, pp. 88-93.

10.  ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
This press cutting is from the Pall Mall Gazette, 6 May 1893. It is laid out in a black mourning border.