The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893
Record 4 of 113

System Number: 13370
Date: [April 1892/1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Bertha Honorée Palmer[2]
Place: Chicago
Repository: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Call Number: GLAHA 46168, p. 20
Document Type: ALd

To Mrs. P. P. (President Womens' Comm Chicago [)]

With Gentle Art[3] -

Dear Mrs. Potter P -

You will find, as I promised you should in this book, the Presidential[4] experiences of a short, brilliant & despotic caree[r]

I trust that the inspiriting account of the same will only urge you on to splendid tyranny and further triumphs in your own irresistible & enduring reign!

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1.  [April 1892/1893]
This letter appears in a sketch book on the page after a letter dated in early April 1892 (#13365); it also must date from before the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

2.  Bertha Honorée Palmer
Berthe Honorée Palmer (1849-1918), collector, wife of Potter Palmer [more]. He was made chairman of the Board of Lady Managers for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1891, in charge of the Women's Building.

3.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

4.  Presidential
JW was President of the Society of British Artists (later RBA) from 1885 to 1888.