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System Number: 04229
Date: 21 February 1885
Author: T. Douglas Murray[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M499
Document Type: ALS


Feb 21 - 1885.

My dear Whistler -

It was a most brilliant & impressive lecture[2], and I shall look for it in print[3], emendated by yourself. The various critiques (all complimentary) are vaguely bald.

Do produce it - especially for the benefit of those in the background who complained [p. 2] of not being able to hear.

Mrs Singleton[4] lunched with me today - She like all the world was more than delighted & begs me too to urge upon you the importance of putting the lecture in a brown paper cover.

You promised never to lose sight of us more - but we have not seen you for long ages. Sunday afternoon is [p. 3] a safe find -

As Phidias[5] or Praxiteles[6] to Belt[7], so was your lecture to any other that has ever crossed my path,

Toujours à vous[8]

T Douglas Murray.

[p. 4][9] ' "Ten O'Clock
Douglas Murray '

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1.  T. Douglas Murray
Thomas Douglas Murray (1841-1911), barrister [more].

2.  lecture
A reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. Murray was present when JW delivered the lecture for the first time on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly. A version of the text of the lecture may be found at #06791.

3.  print
Later the same year, the lecture was published by the firm of Chatto & Windus. See Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock.', London, 1885.

4.  Mrs Singleton
Mrs Singleton, unidentified.

5.  Phidias
Phidias (ca 500 - d.432 BC), Greek sculptor.

6.  Praxiteles
Praxiteles (ca 360-active 340 BC), Greek sculptor.

7.  Belt
Richard Claude Belt (ca 1854 - d.1920), sculptor [more].

8.  Toujours à vous
Fr., Yours always.

9.  [p. 4]
This page is written in pencil by JW.