The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03737
Date: 27 January 1893
Author: Peter Macnab[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M71
Document Type: ALS

219 Maida Vale.
London. W.

27. 1. 93.

My dear Whistler,

Although this New Year is now some little way on its march, it is not too late for me to write and say how pleased we were to receive the cards and good wishes from Mrs. Whistler[2] and yourself and to say how sincerely we unite in heartiest good wishes for now and for aye to you both.

Of course I knew you had gone to Paris, but Paris is big and the address was vague, but now Whistler I know and the Rue du Bac I know, or rather did know in [p. 2] former days and the "missing word" has been found.

The weather is depressing, the Art Barometer is at its lowest, and I was gravely told the other day as an awful sign of the times in which we live that even Leader[3] finds the demand for goods stamped with his Trade Mark less brisk than formerly - The New English Art Club must be becoming newer than ever as I notice from the Catalogue of their late Exhibition[4] that many of its earlier members have left it - The Fine Art Socy[5] [p. 3] continues its never ending shows of tame water colours and the Institute - but I must speak with bated breath of it, for did I not but yesterday evening receive from its Secy one of the smallest of cheques, but duly signed by Sir James[6] all the same.

I am almost, if not quite, myself again in health and this winter go down to the Hogarth[7] occasionally as before, and find it a very harbour of refuge. Were you over in London recently? Surely I had heard some one say so. Be sure and [p. 4] let me know any time that you are over and we can arrange to meet at the Club anyhow.

With best wishes & remembrances, also to Mrs Whistler from
Ever Sincerely yours

Peter Macnab.

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1.  Peter Macnab
Peter Macnab (d. 1900), landscape and rustic genre painter [more].

2.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Leader
Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923), artist [more].

4.  Exhibition
[Exhibition], New English Art Club, London, 1892.

5.  Fine Art Socy
The Fine Art Society, London dealers.

6.  Sir James
Possibly a Director of the Fine Art Society.

7.  Hogarth
The Hogarth Club, a club for artists and those interested in the arts.