The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08797
Date: [April 1897][1]
Author: [unknown][2]
Recipient: [a newspaper editor]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/936
Document Type: MsDd

The latest item in the Art World is [to] the effect that Mr Whistler has been approached by a Syndicate[3] with the understanding that all his work shall in this country shall pass through their hands only. and moreover no other and an [p. 2] agreement has been come to, and we understand there is about to be opened a most exclusive & recherché gallery in the neighbourhood of Manchester Sqr. devoted entirely [to] Whistlerian Art.

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1.  [April 1897]
Dated from the reference to Manchester Square (see below).

2.  [unknown]
Although the author has not been identified, the paragraph may have been devised and written for JW (see below).

3.  Syndicate
This is probably a draft press release for the opening of the Company of the Butterfly, founded by JW in April 1897 in order to sell his works direct to the public. He acquired the lease of a shop at 2 Hinde Street, Manchester Square, as premises. He employed Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more]. However, it was not a success. There was some speculation in the press about this Whistler 'Syndicate' (see unidentified press-cutting, #08798, and JW to D. D. Haden, #13494).