Documents associated with: sculptor
Record 3 of 9
System Number: 11822
Date: [25/30 May 1884?]
Author: Ralph Wormeley Curtis
Recipient: Theo van Rysselberghe
Repository: Institut Néerlandais, Paris
Call Number: 1988 A 12
Credit Line: Collection Frits Lugt, Institut Néerlandais, Paris
Document Type: ALS
[...] Je suis à peu près seul à représenter le mouvement, Story le frère sculpteur (pas fort) a une lettre de Whistler dans laquelle it se plaint amerement de recevoir du public anglais et de la presse . . . des éloges! "Suis-je vraiment tombé si bas" il demande! - Il vient d'exposer 64 oeuvres et un catalogue bien drole. Tout le monde y court. C'est la chose à la mode à faire! - Il y a trois semaines il était à sec. Maintenant il lunch la Princesse des Galles et toutes les belles femmes sont à son atelier -
Ainsi va la charmante vie de bohême - [...]
[illustration in ink of a square in Venice, with a child dipping its hand into a fountain in the foreground]
I am about the only one to represent the movement, Story our brother sculptor (not very strong) has a letter from Whistler in which he complains bitterly about having the British public and the press heaping him with ... praise! 'Have I really fallen so low' he asks! He has just opened an exhibition of 64 works with a very droll catalogue. Everyone is going. It is the fashionable thing to do! - Three weeks ago he was broke. Now he is taking the Princess of Wales to lunch and his studio is full of beautiful ladies. - So goes the charming bohemian life.
1. [25/30 May 1884?]
Dated from reference to letter from JW to Waldo Story; see below.
Only the sections of this letter that relate to JW have been transcribed.
Probably the letter of 20/25 May 1884, #09451, referring to his exhibition 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884. The exhibition catalogue contained 67 entries, rather than 64 as stated here, and contained extracts from critics' responses to JW.
7. à sec
In his letter to Story, JW thanks him for sending him all he had in the bank.