The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11714
Date: [May 1883][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Oscar Wilde[2]
Place: [Paris?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 19/1871/7
Document Type: TLc

No Oscar! -

I can spare him[3] longer if needs must - behave well to him - and attempt not to palm off wine of inferior quality upon my Ambassador! -

Remember he travels no longer as Walter Sickert - Of course he is amazing - for does he not represent The Amazing One - and his tastes are for the nonce necessarily of the most refined - Even the Louvre holds for him no secrets and he is able to sum up the situation with a rapidity that may well astonish your dull friend the Professor[4] -

What more shall I say? - He can explain to you the Amazing Catalogue[5] - and for the rest has he not my blessing and his return ticket? -

Adio! -

[butterfly signature]

Frank[6] has the persistency of the true Christian and he is canonized among us as a Saint - Violà.

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1.  [May 1883]
Dated by reference to JW's catalogue (see below).

2.  Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

3.  him
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more]. He was in Paris to escort Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) to 101st exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1883.

4.  Professor
Possibly William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

5.  Catalogue
Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883; JW had printed excerpts from old press reviews to illustrate each etching, his aim being to mock the art critics concerned.

6.  Frank
George Francis ('Frank') Miles (1852-1894), painter [more].