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System Number: 01252
Date: 14 July 1892
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F184
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1879.
MELBOURNE, 1880.
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA, 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."

PLEASE ADDRESS ALL LETTERS TO THE SOCIETY.

THE FINE ART SOCIETY,
LIMD
148, NEW BOND ST.
W.

July 14th 1892.

Dear Mr Whistler

If this country doesn't hide its diminished head below the waters between now & october in shame at having handed itself over into the hands of the Grand old humbug[2] we shall hope to show your Etchings as you suggest at that date - At present [p. 2] it is no use doing any thing for every thing & every body is in such a state of collapse at the catastrophe.

We should like of course to continue with this [or?] show of pastels or something but our engagements are numerous & we ought to have timely warning if such is feasible or possible. Thomson[3] tells me you are doing some beautiful Paris Etchings[4].

Could we arrange for [p. 3] these.

By the way the plate of 'The Palaces[5]' is not amongst the destroyed ones -

The Postal people have been & have pointed out to us that only one package[6] was opened by them & that that is all right - They further showed us that in the packet which is damaged, whoever [p. 4] put the string round pierced it at either end & damaged the prints & they suggested that the scissors or instrument which had done this had also run through the centre! A likely supposition! But the whole thing is mysterious & not likely to result in any admission by them of damage. They said that only one package of a set was ever opened [of them?] that turned out all right

I am failly ys

Marcus B Huish


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Notes:

1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  humbug
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal MP and Prime Minister [more]. The Liberals had just won the 1892 general election by a majority of forty votes.

3.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

4.  Paris etchings
Many of JW's late etchings are of Paris (K.417-440) including Rue de la Rochefoucault (K.419), Sunflowers, Rue des Beaux-Arts (K.422) and Café Corazza, Palais Royale (K.436).

5.  The Palaces
The Palaces (K.187).

6.  package
See correspondence between JW, Brown and Huish: #01249, #01251, #01254 and #01255.