The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882
Record 6 of 12

System Number: 01145
Date: 22 February 1882
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F77
Document Type: ALS

Dear Huish -

The last suggestion of the Board, hinting at my occupying your printer's time with my own work[2], is simply too mean & disgraceful for me even to answer -

I have called lately really in your own interest - to tell you that, by accident, I had one or two days this week at your disposal - These chances, of course, are rapidly becoming rarer as the time of exhibition[3] draws near - If I had had an immediate answer [p. 2] after our conversation I could have given yesterday and today to the printing - and there still remained Friday & Saturday. -

However as after all your note[4] just now handed to me contains doubtless the ultimatum of the Society, you have only to send at once for the plates - and rely upon Mr Goulding[5] or others for "Nocturnes" & "Doorways", "Beggars" & "Lagoons" -

I need scarcely say that, once any proof [is] pulled by any one else, I should, under no circumstances, be induced to print from the degraded plate -

Yours truly

J. McNeill Whistler

13. Tite Street - Chelsea -

Feb. 22 - 1882 -

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1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  work
The printing of Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). See also M. B. Huish to JW, #01139, E. G. Brown to JW, #01140. JW was in dispute with Huish over whether he should be paid for printing etchings (see JW to M. B. Huish, #01127, #01128, M. B. Huish to JW, #01129).

3.  exhibition
Probably 6th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882 at which JW showed eight works including Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179) and Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).

4.  note
See M. B. Huish to JW, #01143.

5.  Mr Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].