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System Number: 09975
Date: 12 February [1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: John Lavery[2]
Place: London
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/285
Document Type: ALS[3]

Hotel Schweizerhof. Ajaccio. Corse

Tuesday. Feb. 12.

My dear Lavery -

It is odd to me, that you have not sent me a line in acknowledgement of my thoughtful telegram[4] to you all! - I had your wire in reply to my own asking you simply if you had received the message at the Meeting - but that is all -

I hope you are well - and I thought you were going to spend the winter in Tangiers? Perhaps work has kept you - I consider this Mediteranian [sic] health resort a poor business altogether! - when it is warm enough to stand still, it is vile to look at! and when you are relieved from the glare and linger to look with a brush in your fingers, you are blown indoors by Mistral or 'tra montana[5], with a new cold [p. 2] before you have rid yourself of the old one you left England to loose! - It is absurd! and most irritating! for one dare not do a stroke of work and one cannot dream of leaving! - You will say that Corsica is not Tangiers - I have tried them all!! Artistically this place is far away I think the more charming and as to climate I think would be perfect in summer! - But the whole affair is a sham - and nothing is Southern but the South! - this is the summing up of the situation! The West Indies or Florida! -

Now about the Council - Webb[6] will have told you that I see no reason for increasing the number of members - However if the Committee wish for Strang[7] & Anning Bell[8], far from me to oppose them - But Rothenstein I do not think quite what we are looking for! - Without further dwelling upon details it is sufficient I fancy when we remember that both Rothenstein[9] & C. H. Shannon[10] were two of the offending mal contents who sent in their ultimatums in the early & difficult days of the Society, & whose resignations were immediately accepted - Personally I regret Shannon - but from the standpoint officially of the Council, it is impossible - to say nothing of the fact that both these gentlemen have since become quite identified with other interests -

Always Sincerely

J McNeill Whistler.

For telegrams - Ajaccio - is quite sufficient -[11]

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John Lavery. Esq
5. Cromwell Place.
South Kensington
London. S W
[postmark:] AJACCIO / CORSE / 5E 12 / FEVR / 01
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / 8 AM / FE 15 / [01]



1.  12 February [1901]
Year dated from postmark.

2.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

3.  ALS
Written on narrow bordered mourning paper.

4.  telegram
Not traced.

5.  Mistral or 'tra montana
Mediterranean wind.

6.  Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

7.  Strang
William Strang (1859-1921), painter and etcher [more].

8.  Anning Bell
Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933), painter, sculptor, teacher, illustrator and print-maker [more].

9.  Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

10.  C. H. Shannon
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more].

11.  For telegrams - Ajaccio - is quite sufficient -
This line is added in the left margin of page one, side-on to the main text.