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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12658
Date: [6 May 1893][1]
Author: 'Country Cousin'[2]
Place: [unknown]
Recipient: Henry John Cockayne Cust[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PL[4]


ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS.

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[5]. 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
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 EXPRESSED
IN PAINT
WHAT HAD NOT BEEN BETTER UTTERED
IN WORDS
STAY, CRITIC, STAY, AND SHED A TEAR
FOR ALL THE 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.

'Pall Mall - May 6. 1893.[6]'


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Notes:

1.  [6 May 1893]
This document is a press-cutting, and is dated from date of publication in Pall Mall Gazette, 6 May 1893.

2.  'Country Cousin'
Not identified.

3.  Henry John Cockayne Cust
Henry John Cockayne Cust (1861-1917), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1892-1896 [more].

4.  PL
This cutting was enclosed with JW to D. C. Thomson, [9 May 1893], #08234. JW speculated that the author might be Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]. The case of the lettering of the original has been preserved in this transcription, although the whole is printed text.

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

6.  Pall Mall - May 6. 1893.
Written in JW's hand in right margin.