The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11393
Date: 4 February 1882
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Oscar Wilde[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 19/1871/6
Document Type: TLc[2]

Oscar! -

We of Tite Street, and Beaufort Gardens, joy in your triumphs - and delight in your success - but - we think that, with the exception of your epigrams, you talk like Sidney Colvin[3] in the Provinces, - and that, with the exception of your knee breeches, you dress like 'Arry Quilter[4] -

Signed -

J. McNeill Whistler

Janey Campbell[5]

Mat Elden[6]

Rennell Rodd[7]

Feb. 4, 1882

New York papers
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1.  Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. See Wilde's probable reply to JW, #07055; see also #07056.

2.  TLc
Published in Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, eds, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000, p. 148, n. 1. A version with minor variations (including 'S — C —' for Sidney Colvin) was published in the World, 15 February 1882; and in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 74, where it was entitled 'Encouragement / To Oscar on his "Tour"'.

3.  Sidney Colvin
Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum [more].

4.  'Arry Quilter
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].

5.  Janey Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more], who lived at 14 Beaufort Gardens.

6.  Mat Elden
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

7.  Rennell Rodd
James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, poet and diplomat [more], who lived at 29 Beaufort Gardens.