Documents associated with: Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894
Record 2 of 23
110. Rue du Bac. Paris -
le 14. Mars -
My dear Sir -
I am delighted to receive your most amiable and courteous letter -
It certainly is kind of you to undertake this correspondence - and I fear that I shall abuse your friendly good nature by at once begging you to convey, for me, my thanks to the President for his flattering invitation - [p. 2] I shall be most pleased to avail myself of it, and to take this occasion of sending to so great an Art Centre as Antwerp at this, one of its most brilliant moments of triumph -
On no account however will I exhibit in the "English Section". -
If there be an "American Section", place might be found for me there -
If not, I might be received as an invited guest in some "Strangers' Gallery"!! - but under no circumstances will I have works of mine left to the friendly care of British Envoys from Burlington House! -
Of this I should like to have an assurance from you -
I trust indeed that we may come to Amtwerp this season - and shall be too glad to see you again and to thank Madame Maeterlinck for all her kind hospitalities, when it was my great good fortune to be defended by her distinguished husband! -
One thing more, it will [p. 3] take a little time to borrow and collect the pictures I would like to send - for, if at all, I should of course wish to be very well represented -
One or two I can send from Paris - so that I should like to know who the agents are here -
Some I hope to get from London -
Some may be sent direct from Hamburg where for the moment they are lent to their Exhibition -
Believe me, my dear Sir
With many thanks for the trouble you are taking -
Very Sincerely Yours
J McNeill Whistler
1. 4 March 
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).
The home of the Royal Academy, London.
Maeterlinck represented JW in his lawsuit to suppress publication of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.
Grossen Kunst-Austellung des Kunst-Vereins, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1894.