The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10694
Date: [April/May 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Albert Ludovici[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/18/4
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Ludovici -

The three little etchings that were done by my wife[4] You will place prettily next to my pictures as shown in drawing

[sketch[5] of pictures upon wall, numbered left to right:] 6   5   4   1.   3   2.   7.   8   9
[and three frames numbered:] '10.'

1. Rose Corder[6]. 2. Princess. 3. Portrait. 4. Piano. 5. Oval. 6. Thames in ice. 7. Philosopher. 8. Nocturne Valparaiso. 9. Petite Souris (girls head with feather boa) 10. "Etchings by Mrs McNeill Whistler".

Or [sketch of pictures numbered left to right:] 2   10   7.   8   9.

Yes this [p. 2] * last way I prefer - and it gives you no trouble - Now [I?], Hang all my pictures on the line - excepting the Holloway (Philosopher) just a tiny bit up to make the line pretty - and perhaps the Petite Souris - also slightly - a matter for your eye - And be sure to see to the proper tilting over - so that can be well seen -

Now mind nothing[7] interferes with these, your sailing orders -

Hang nothing under any of the pictures

Remember the little etchings placed in the * last way drawn.

The Prince[8] was most gracious as you will see by letters sent on to Howard[9] -

Mrs. Whibley[10] brings them & this to you - I know how anxious you all will be to show her every attention -

Present the Vice President to her -

Wire any news -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [April/May 1898]
Dated from the references to the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898.

2.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more], Member of the Council of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

5.  sketches
Arrangement of paintings at the ISSPG (M.1540). There are two arrangements of the panel, showing 12 frames. A photograph of the hanging of JW's panel was reproduced by Pennell, showing that the second of the plans was adopted, Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, f. p. 150.

6.  Rose Corder
The Society's first exhibition, Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, opened at the Prince's Skating Rink, Knightsbridge in May 1898. The works listed here are Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203); La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50); Brown and Gold (YMSM 440); At the Piano (YMSM 24); Blue and Coral: The Little Blue Bonnet (YMSM 500); The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36); Rose and Brown: The Philosopher (YMSM 472); Grey and Silver: La Petite Souris (YMSM 502) and Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76) (cat. nos. 175-183). The etchings by Beatrix Whistler are unidentified in the exhibition catalogue.

7.  nothing
Double underlined.

8.  Prince
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. JW wished the Prince to open the exhibition on 16 or 17 May 1898. 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).

9.  Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more], Secretary of the ISSPG.

10.  Mrs. Whibley
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].