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Record 40 of 50
System Number: 07035
Date: 21 February 1893
Author: Joseph William Gleeson White
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1024
Document Type: ALS
[boxed:] OFFICES OF "THE STUDIO".
16 HENRIETTA STREET,
COVENT GARDEN, LONDON.
Feby 21. 1893
My dear Sir,
Very many thanks for your reply - but may I dis-abuse of the idea that I have at any time written adversly [sic] concerning your work. My one attempt was in a volume "Letters to Living Artists" Of this I was told by a man (who had no notion I was its author) that he had taken it to you - & that you had most kindly taken it for what it was intended to be - undisguised & complete appreciation of your work, with ironical notice of the popular & absurd criticism thereon. Since this is the one article I can claim - should it have given [p. 2] you a false impression - it must be due to clumsy expressions - Would you permit me I would hunt up a copy to send you - but I fear it would bore you.
I remember the Scots Observer in a criticism of this little book said "its author would have you believe he appreciated his Whistler" or some phrase of similar intent.
Therefore any other criticism I can honestly disclaim - what I tried to express in my letter of a few days ago - has been my opinion since it was my privilege to have the slightest knowledge of Art.
Apart therefore from the disappointment it is - to feel I may not have the honour of including a work of yours in The Studio - there is the [p. 3] natural regret that a clumsy attempt to be courteous - should appear for a moment to be merely a question of policy.
If my last letter was not quite clear in its purely business aspect - may I say that it was the possibility of purchasing the right to issue The Horoscope as a supplement to the Studio - or should you prefer it the purchase of the stone outright [-] I wished to lay before you.
If in the "Letter" any phrase conveyed a mistaken idea for that it would be a pleasure to apologise - but as certain sentences come back to me - I can but think it is the [p. 4] work of some other anonym that is in your mind.
Should I find that anything in the stupidity of comparative youth - which has completely slipped my memory - exists to rise up against me - then indeed would the apology be still more complete - but I cannot recall an instance
If my unimportant personality has unwittingly - come in the way of your assent - may I ask you to reconsider it. From a year in New York - & several years of contact with the younger school of artists in London - I had thought that whatever had been their dullness in the past that today - all who professed the least interest in art - were united in their appreciation of your genius
3. Letters to Living Artists
White, Joseph William Gleeson, Letters to Living Artists, London, 1891; two copies presented to JW are in Glasgow University Library, Whistler 137 and 598.