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System Number: 02972
Date: [25 November 1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/35
Document Type: ALd

I told you so! dear Mr Huish - I'm full of it -

How is Pennell[3] getting on? -

That paragraph of mine is marvelously to the point - & comes in curiously à propos - for I have just heard that Shannon[4] & Rickets[5] [sic] are furious about Dunthornes[6] silly circular - They say it appears that it is most impertinent, & claims the invention of Lithography for [p. 2] Goulding[7] - poor chap! what a luckless devil it is to get himself into such a tangle of responsibility!

Also Shannon has promptly written to withdraw his exhibit - saying that he considered it as a slight upon Mr Whistlers work. & in a lesser degree upon his own. - Excellent! - Dear me - how very glaring that circular must be after all! I had no idea that the others would have seen it as we did - But then it is true that Shannon & Rickets are very superior fellows - Gentlemen in short - Well really it is going to be fun! Now my dear Huish mind it must be very swell[8] - No stinting by the Board! - & I wish there were not going to be tea & stuff! - It is so played out! & every little horror has it at his show! I told Mr. Brown[9] - This ought to be most distinguished - I hope the Posters are very simple - Send one down for me to see -

Well well here am I getting worked up! - & I cannot afford the time! - I have not a moment to spare, & I am so anxious to get away from here! The cards are all right. Don't forget the American Embassy - French Embassy too - Send to
Madame du Quaire[10]
14 Wilton Street.

small d! - but large lady. send her half dozen -

A couple to Webb[11] -

The proofs of "Maunders"[12] are very poor - Have you the "Wheelwright"[13]

& in an awful hurry

[butterfly signature]

How do you like the flag[14]? - Mind not an inch off! -

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1.  [25 November 1895?]
Dated by the references to plans for Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895 and also to R. Dunthorne; see also JW's letter to J. Pennell, [25 November 1895, #07812.

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

3.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more]. Pennell wrote the introduction to JW's catalogue of his exhibition. JW had written a paragraph for publicity, #07466.

4.  Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more].

5.  Rickets
Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931), painter and designer [more].

6.  Dunthornes
Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), of the Rembrandt Gallery, print dealer and publisher [more]. An Exhibition of Original Lithographs, Mr. Dunthorne's Gallery at the Rembrandt Head, London, was held in November-December 1895.

7.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more]. He was printing lithographs by several artists for exhibition by Dunthorne.

8.  be very swell
'be very swell ... out!' is written in the left margin and '& every ... Mr. Brown' in the top margin, and 'This ought ... to see' in the right margin of p. 2. 'Well well ... Madame' is written in the left margin, continues along the top, and 'How do you ... inch off' is written in the right margin of p. 1.

9.  Mr. Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

10.  Madame du Quaire
Fanny M. Du Quaire, collector, a social acquaintance of JW [more].

11.  Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

12.  Maunders
Maunder's Fish Shop, Chelsea (C.37).

13.  Wheelwright
Probably The Tyresmith (C.36).

14.  flag
JW planned to hang a flag at the F. A. S. advertising the show. See sketch, #02974.