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System Number: 04260
Date: 16 August 1889
Author: Philippe Zilcken[1]
Place: The Hague
Recipient: JW
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N17
Document Type: ALS



La Haye,

le 16 Août '89

[two sketches[2] of heads]


Mr. van Wisselingh[3] nous ayant fait entrevoir la possibilité que vous exposeriez quelques unes de vos oeuvres en Blanc et Noir à notre Exposition[4]

Je vous prie, en ce cas de les envoyer ici, Panorama-Mesdag[5], avant le 7 Septembre, ou par l'entremise de Mr. v. Wisselingh, avec les titres et prix.

Votre précieux talent étant très-hautement [p. 2] apprécié par les artistes chez nous, j'exprime le désir très-sincère que nous avons, de recevoir quelques unes de vos oeuvres. L'Exp: dure jusqu'à la mi-Octobre. D'autant plus que vous avez daigné envoyer à Amsterdam des chef-d'oeuvres[6].

Espérant, Monsieur, que vous ne nous priverez pas de votre concours, que vous prêtez aux XX[7], je vous prie d'agréer l'assurance de ma haute considération

Ph. Zilcken

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Dear Sir.

Mr. van Wisselingh having suggested the possibility that you might exhibit a few of your works in Black and White at our Exhibition

I beg you, in that case to send them here, Panorama-Mesdag, before the 7th September, or through the agency of Mr. v. Wisselingh, with the titles and prices.

Your precious talent being very highly [p. 2] appreciated by the artists here, I would express the desire we have, to welcome some of your works. The Exhibition will last until mid-October. Even more because you have deigned to send masterpieces to Amsterdam.

Hoping, Sir, that you will not deprive us of your support, that you are giving to Les XX, I am, with great respect,
Yours faithfully

Ph. Zilcken


1.  Philippe Zilcken
Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken (1857-1930), etcher and writer [more].

2.  sketches
Drawn probably by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Mr. van Wisselingh
Elbert Jan Van Wisselingh (b. ca 1848), art dealer [more].

4.  Exposition
Not identified.

5.  Panorama-Mesdag
Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915), painter and collector [more], had painted a panorama of the town.

6.  chef-d'oeuvres
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Arrangement in Yellow and Grey: Effie Deans (YMSM 183) were shown at Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Amsterdam, 1889, and awarded a gold medal.

7.  XX
Les Vingts, avant-garde exhibiting society established in Belgium, which invited select international artists to exhibit. JW had exhibited with them at [Exhibition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1888.