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System Number: 02317
Date: 1 June [1898][1]
Author: Frederick Augustus Maxse[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I57
Document Type: ALS


Hotel du Helder.
Paris. -

June 1st.

Dear Mr Whistler

I am in Paris for 2 or 3 days, and hope to see you. - I have just had your letter forwarded -

My defensive remarks are: - I dont believe much in the ordinary Press advertisements - it [is] such an ocean of stuff - people dont look at them . . Only the [p. 2] newspaper proprietor benefits. - Nevertheless announcements of the opening of Exhibition did appear in most papers - informally. The paid paragraph would have cost for two lines ½ a guinea. - I had nothing to do but with Press arrangements - but I can assure you they were well made by Mr Howard[3]. -

As for the circular of Press Notices it has done good - the [p. 3] public has been fetched in by it. People who have come have taken the circulars away with them & posted the same to friends so as to give them an idea of what there is to be seen and of what the character of the Show is. - It happens that the Press has shown some gumption and has criticized favourably - the circular has made this known and outsiders has [sic] been brought in at a small cost. -

[p. 4] There my dear Mr Whistler that is my plea on behalf of the course we have adopted. - What we owe to you know I know and I therefore advance it with deference & modesty. -

I receive this morning enclosed criticism from D. Chronicle[4]. -

Yours Very Sincerely

Fredk. A. Maxse


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Notes:

1.  1 June [1898]
This dates from shortly after the opening of the first exhibition of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers; it is dated also from the Daily Chronicle reviews (see below).

2.  Frederick Augustus Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more]. Maxse was proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club where the newly formed ISSPG held its first exhibition in May 1898 (Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898). See also Maxse to JW, #02314, #02315.

3.  Mr Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

4.  D. Chronicle
Two reviews of the ISSPG exhibition appeared in the Daily Chronicle on the 16 and 27 May respectively. As the original cutting is missing, it is unclear which one Maxse sent. See Anon., 'The International Art Exhibition (first notice), Daily Chronicle, 16 May 1898, p. 3, and Anon., 'The International Art Exhibition (second notice), Daily Chronicle, 27 May 1898, p. 4.