The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11502
Date: [October 1892][1]
Author: Halsey Cooley Ives[2]
Place: Chicago
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 12/14
Document Type: TLc


Department of Fine Arts
World's Fair Columbian Exposition
Chicago, Ill. U. S. A.

Halsey C. Ives, Chief.

Dear Sir:

It is the desire of every person connected with the American Section of the Department of Fine Arts of the World's Columbian Exposition that it should take a place among the various sections of the Exposition, that may entitle it to the respect of competent judges.

In this direction, we are exceedingly anxious to have a group of your works placed in our section.

I should have called upon you at your studio in Paris in regard to this matter - to urge you to give your many constituents in this country an opportunity to see your work - and would have done so, but for the fact that, while in London, I was informed that you would exhibit as an English artist.

We are doing everything in our power to make our Art Department a success. In every section, the standard is one of quality rather than quantity.

Should you consent to exhibit a group of your pictures in the American Section, I shall be pleased to do everything in my power to place them in a manner in keeping with the dignity, knowledge and artistic feeling which they possess.

Hoping that I may hear from you at an early day,

I am, My dear sir,
Very truly yours,

Halsey C. Ives

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1.  [October 1892]
Dated from JW's reply, 20 October 1892, #09694.

2.  Halsey Cooley Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more] and chief of the Fine Arts Department of the World's Columbian Exhibition Corporation. He was organising loans for World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893. See also other correspondence related to the exhibition #09701; #09702; #09695; #09700; #09703; #09829.