The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07664
Date: 1 October [1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Editor, Daily Chronicle
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/49/2
Document Type: PL[2]

'D[aily]. C[hronicle]. 3. 10. 98'



SIR, -

Permit me in your columns to correct an erroneous statement - or rather to modify an exaggeration - that an otherwise bona-fide prospectus is circulating in Paris.

An atelier is to be opened in the Passage Stanislas, and, in company with my friend, the distinguished sculptor, Mr. MacMonnies[3], I have promised to attend its classes.

From an enthusiasm which has taken the character of loyalty or gratitude - for which through life I am unprepared, and therefore without all precaution - the patron has issued a document in which this new Arcadia is described as the "Academie Whistler"! - and further qualified as the Anglo-American School.

I would like it to be understood that, having hitherto abstained from all plot of instruction, this is no sudden assertion, in the Ville Lumière, of my own. Nor could I be in any way responsible for the proposed mysterious irruption in Paris of whatever Anglo-American portends!

"American," I take it, is synonymous with modesty, and "Anglo" in art I am unable to grasp at all, otherwise than as suggestive of complete innocence, and the blank of Burlington House.

I purpose only then to visit, as harmlessly as may be, in turn with Mr. MacMonnies, the new academy, which has my best wishes, and if no other good come of it, at least to rigorously carry out my promise of never appearing anywhere else. -

And I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

J. McNeill Whistler.

Whitehall Court, London,

Oct. 1.

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1.  1 October [1898]
Written on 1 October 1898, and published on 3 October in the Daily Chronicle.

2.  PL
For an annotated copy of this letter, published in the Pall Mall Gazette, see #09347.

3.  MacMonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].