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System Number: 02493
Date: 15 November 1898
Author: George Somes Layard[1]
Place: Malvern
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L30
Document Type: ALS

[crown and star emblem]


November. 15. 1898.

Dear Sir

A series of articles on 'Suppressed Plates', woodcuts &c by me begins to run in the January number of the Pall Mall Magazine[2]. The first few articles deal with [']early suppressed plates' but I propose to follow these up by some modern examples.

Naturally, amongst these latter, that of 'The Two Apprentices' in 'Trilby'[3] suggests itself as of some [p. 2] considerable importance because of the eminence of the artists with whom it was supposed to deal.

Our publicity given to the matter in various letters to the Pall Mall Gazette will be in your recollection and I should be more than obliged if you could see your way to supplement what is generally known by any statement that you may deem advisable on the subject.

It is of course possible that mention is made of [p. 3] the episode in your new book[4], and, if so, you may not deem it advisable to give me any account of the matter. If however this is not so any statement would of course be most valuable and acceptable.

Pending a reply from you I have not of course asked Messrs Harpers'[5] permission to reproduce the 'cut', but, if you have no objection to this being done, I shall proceed forthwith to do so.

And, if you would care to see the proofs of what [p. 4] I should propose to publish on the subject, I should be happy to submit them to you.

Apologizing for the length of this letter I am Sir,
yr obed. servant

G. S. Layard

J. McN. Whistler Esqr.

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1.  George Somes Layard
George Somes Layard (1857-1935), journalist at the Pall Mall Gazette [more].

2.  Pall Mall Magazine
Monthly literary magazine which ran from 1893-1914.

3.  'Trilby'
Du Maurier, George, Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894, a story of bohemian life in Paris. When Trilby was first published in serial parts in Harper's Magazine in March 1894, JW objected to Du Maurier's portrayal of himself in the character of Joe Sibley, the 'Idle Apprentice' and quarrelled publicly with him. Harper's later apologised and Du Maurier toned down the references to JW. In the meantime the affair was covered extensively in the press (see Whistler, James McNeill, 'Mr. Whistler on Friendship,' The Pall Mall Gazette, no. 9092, vol. 58, 13 May 1894, p. 2).

4.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]. In 1894, JW quarrelled with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more] over the completion of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. Eden commenced legal proceedings against him in 1894 but the case was not resolved until several years later. Du Maurier was not in any way involved nor was he mentioned.

5.  Messrs Harpers'
Publishers of Trilby.