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10th September 2003 - 'Nobody's perfevt' (no. 7)

Before having been edited and annotated, the group of some 10,000 transcriptions of nineteenth-century Whistler letters were bound to have contained a few small errors of transcription in their original first drafts. 'Nobody's perfevt' gathers together some of the finest mis-transcriptions ever found by the Whistler Centre - enjoy!


In a letter from Whistler to fellow artist Sidney Starr, the America's Cup of 1893 inadvertently becomes a Hellenic Jug:

"How do you really like it? and by the way did you see the famous Greek vase? - You ought to have done something of it -"
(ie, famous Yacht race)

(Freer Gallery of Art, FGA Whistler 81)