Documents associated with: Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Amsterdam, 1889
Record 16 of 18
System Number: 11332
Date: [November 1889?]
Recipient: Theodore Child
Repository: Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Call Number: George A. Lucas Collection Archives, Letters - James McNeill Whistler to Theodore Child no. 9
Document Type: ALS/TLc
Dear Mr Child -
Such successful indifference has, I need not say, filled me with pique and amazement! I shall end by bringing them to you! -
Dont you think that Theoc' [sic] might remember again, in tomorrow's Gossip, the same little story you told me of the Grande Medaille d'honneur that would have been awarded had there been more paintings - or had not the people here been disagreable [sic] and refused to lend -
This might not be mal à propos, and would [p. 2] I doubt not add to the pleasing sadness of Suffolk Street when they read your announcement of the red ribbon, upon which you have not yet congratulated me.
A bien tôt
1. [November 1889?]
Dated by reference to medal (see below).
5. Grande Medaille d'honneur
6. [p. 2]
Page one is transcribed from the original in the Baltimore Museum of Art. However, the remainder of the original letter is missing and so this transcription relies from this point onwards upon a typescript copy in the Library of Congress (PWC 13/1189/53).
7. Suffolk Street
JW had been President of the Society of British Artists 1886-88. The premises were in Suffolk Street.
8. red ribbon
The ribbon of the Légion d'honneur, to be worn in a button-hole.
9. Gold Medal of Amsterdam
JW was awarded a gold medal for all his exhibits at Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Amsterdam, 1889.