The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Spring Exhibition, Goupil Gallery, London, 1900
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System Number: 12782
Date: [1/14 January 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: George Percy Jacomb Hood[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H356
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

My dear Jacomb Hood -

Your note[4] has reached me here -

All right, I am quite willing they should reproduce the [p. 2] Gold Scab[5] - provided it be nicely done - which doubtless you will see to yourself -

Do send me a proof of the photograph[6] you promise -

Why dont you come over here out of that black place? -

With kindest remembrances and best wishes for the New Year,
Always Sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler

Ask the Editor of the Artist[7], with my compliments, what possessed him to put forth that dreadful poor old Pelegrini thing[8] of me! and in blue ink too! -

Tell him - that I am not without having perceived his appreciation of the trial[9] here - and his proper feeling on the occasion - The case will [p. 3] be published shortly in English - as a book of reference - for ones courageously sympathetic confrères accross [sic] the Channell [sic]! - and I will send him a copy[10] -

[butterfly signature]

[p. 1] 'Whistler.'[11]

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1.  [1/14 January 1898]
Dated from the signature, address and reference to the New Year.

2.  George Percy Jacomb Hood
George Percy Jacomb Hood (1857-1929), genre painter and graver [more].

3.  ALS
The paper has mourning borders on pp. 1 and 3.

4.  note
Not located.

5.  Gold Scab
The Gold Scab (YMSM 208), a satire of JW's patron Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. It may have been on sale in Bond Street about 1897, and certainly was shown at the Spring Exhibition, Goupil Gallery, London, 1900. Its history is rather unclear in this period. Jacomb-Hood owned The Gold Scab by 1892, and sold it some time after 1900 and before 1910.

6.  photograph
Not located.

7.  Artist
The Artist, reference not located.

8.  Pelegrini thing
Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), alias 'Ape', cartoonist for Vanity Fair, designer and lithographer [more], whose drypoint caricature of JW was first printed around 1883 (repr. in Denker, Eric, In Pursuit of the Butterfly, Seattle, 1995, fig. 3.9, p. 70).

9.  trial
JW's appeal against the verdict in the trial Eden v. Whistler was heard in Paris in December 1897. JW won the appeal and was allowed to keep Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

10.  copy
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898.

11.  'Whistler.'
Written in another hand, upside down to the main text, at the foot of p. 1.