The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04341
Date: [29 December 1888?][1]
Author: William Quiller Orchardson[2]
Place: Thanet, Kent
Recipient: William Christian Symons[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler O6
Document Type: ALS


Dear Sir

I am in entire sympathy with any proposal that will do honour to J McNeil [sic] Whistler - The occassion [sic] you suggest is I agree a good one, though perhaps late in the day - but it is never to late to mend - and when we [p. 2] have a great painter to recognize We must do it when we can -

Command me in any way I can be of use always supposing of course [illegible word] you have ascertained that he is willing to accept the homage. A point which I would not take nescessarily [sic] for granted -

[p. 3] I am
yours hurriedly
- as you will observe -
but truly

W Q Orchardson

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1.  [29 December 1888?]
Dated by reference to honouring JW (see below).

2.  William Quiller Orchardson
William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910), genre and portrait painter [more].

3.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more]. A banquet for JW in Paris on 28 April 1888 was followed by a dinner at the criterion on 1 May to celebrate the award of a first-class medal at Munich and the Cross of St Michael of Bavaria. There are several preliminary letters regarding the organisation of the dinner, including letters to Symons from W. Anderson, 29 December 1888 (#00162) and J. E. Boehm to Peter Macnab (#00331).