The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 4th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1889
Record 4 of 5

System Number: 13489
Date: [April 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Deborah Delano Haden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 19
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS


My dear Sis -

Nellie[4] tells me that you would like to have the proper story of the latest scalp[5] I have gracefully taken -

Quite right too! - you ought to know - History should be neatly written, so I enclose a truthful account - from the "Sporting & Dramatic News[6]", than which [p. 2] there could, in such matters, be no greater authority -

Write me a line to say you received it all right, and that you are pleased -

Always your affectionate brother

J McN. Whistler

Did Willie[7] tell you that I had been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Münich[8]? - and now I have had a letter from the German Ambassador[9] with the Official announcement that H. R. H. the Prince Luitpold[10], Regent of Bavaria, has, "in the name of His Majesty, been graciously pleased" to confer upon me the Order of the Holy St. Michael! -

"Voila[11]! - ce que l'on dit de moi, dans la Gazette de Hol[l]ande!!"

Tower House
28. Tite Street - Chelsea

When you come up to town do come and see us - You and Trixie[12] couldn't help liking each other

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1.  [April 1889]
Dated by reference to Bavarian honours (see below). There is also a copy of this letter (#01923).

2.  Deborah Delano Haden
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

3.  '19'
In unknown hand.

4.  Nellie
Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more].

5.  scalp
Possibly a dispute with the Royal Society of British Artists. See, for instance, JW's letter to H. H. Cauty, 30 March 1889 (#09398).

6.  Sporting & Dramatic News
Reference not identified.

7.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

8.  Royal Academy of Münich
JW had been awarded a gold medal for works exhibited at 4th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1889.

9.  German Ambassador
Seraphim Eugène Spuller (1835-1893), politician and writer, Ministère de l'instruction publique et des beaux-arts [more]?

10.  Prince Luitpold
Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Luitpold (1821-1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria [more].

11.  Voila
'Voila ... Holande', Fr., 'This is what they say of me, in the Dutch Gazette'. The quotation has not been identified.

12.  Trixie
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].