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System Number: 07698
Date: [27 April 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 273/5/5
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Pennell -

But I do trust you will be very careful!

Many of the Naval Review[4] are too very slight for the understanding of the abomination outside, and [p. 2] not necessary for the purpose of the Exhibition -

You should choose only 2 or 3 out of them -

You might have one or two of the Tourraine[5] set instead -

For instance the Chancellerie[6] and - I forget -

Heinemann[7] was to tell you that I want the "Cameo No. 1[8]" hung -

He will lend you his - but the frame will be too small -

I think there is a good one of my own in studio to choose on larger mount -

Of course as you say they will all be hung together [p. 3] but necessarily I suppose in the Black & White - or perhaps on a screen -

And my dear Pennell I thank you for all the great trouble you are taking in the matter and I know I could not be in better hands! -

With kindest regards to Mrs Pennell[9] and yourself
Always sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

The Daily Mail[10] sent a Mr Raphael[11]! to see me - but I wont have any thing to do with him - You had better tell the Paper that if I say any thing to any one, I prefer Mr Lynch[12]. and I shall send for him if I wish.

Though by the way I cannot see what you want me to say about the Exhibition?

I meant to talk about the School - Academie Carmen[13].

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Joseph Pennell Esq
14. Buckingham Street
London -
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 2E 27 / AVRIL / 00


1.  [27 April 1900]
Dated from the postmark. On the same day JW also wrote #07699.

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

3.  ALS
The stationery has a mourning border.

4.  Naval Review
'Naval Review set', 1887 (K. 316-331) (excat 7). These etchings were to be shown in 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901.

5.  Tourraine
Possibly a reference to 'Belgian set', 1887 (K.349-367) (excat 8).

6.  Chancellerie
Chancellerie, Loches (K.383).

7.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

8.  Cameo No. 1
Cameo No.1 (Mother and Child) (K.347).

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

10.  The Daily Mail
The text is continued in the left margin of p. 2, at right angles to the main text.

11.  Mr Raphael
John Raphael (b. ca 1863), a journalist [more].

12.  Mr Lynch
George Lynch (1868-1928), journalist, war correspondent and writer on Japan [more].

13.  Academie Carmen
The Académie Carmen was opened in Paris in 1898 under the name of Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], and was supervised at intervals by JW and also, at first, by Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more]. Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more], was the women's massiére. It was closed in 1901.