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System Number: 04559
Date: 19 April 1899
Author: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P199
Document Type: ALS

April 19th 1899


Dear Mr. Whistler,

What it is to be misunderstood! With you as President of the International here, and with that delightful little Gallery up in Manchester Square[2], surely London is rapidly becoming, or has become, the centre of every thing!

As to the reference of to the New English[3] what Joseph[4] meant [p. 2] was that if they had only been a little less stupid, they too might have come in for some small share of London's new greatness - But - too late! You have only to bring the School[5] to London, and London's triumph will be complete!

Joseph wants me to say that yesterday your letter about Mr. Shannon[6] was most carefully considered, that a full report will be sent to you, and, if possible, Mr. Lavery[7] and Joseph will bring it over [p. 3] to you on Sunday, and explain every thing completely. If they can come, would you be able to see them on Sunday? Could you please send a little line to let them know? - Also, would you be willing to let them if there is a set here in London or if you have them in Paris, would you be willing to send a set of the last etchings which Mr. Kennedy[8] has been showing in New York but which have not been seen publicly here.

I am writing [p. 4] hurriedly to catch the post, for we do not want to be misunderstood an hour longer than is necessary.

When are we to see you here again?

Very Sincerely Yours

E. R. Pennell

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1.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

2.  Gallery up in Manchester Square
The Company of the Butterfly, formed to sell JW's work.

3.  New English
The New English Art Club.

4.  Joseph
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

5.  School
The Académie Carmen, established in Paris, which JW occasionally attended and supervised.

6.  Mr. Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more]; see JW's letter to John Lavery, 17 April 1899, #09957.

7.  Mr. Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

8.  Mr. Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].